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Old French

noun
1.
the French language of the 9th through the 13th centuries.
Abbreviation: OF.
Origin of Old French
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • Mr. Morin was an artistic goldsmith and jeweller in the Old French Quarter, and a man held in the highest esteem.

    Roads of Destiny O. Henry
  • The other tent is from the Old French past participle of tendre, to stretch.

  • The beginning of the Old French War ended what we may call the first era of the pack-horse trade.

    The Paths of Inland Commerce Archer B. Hulbert
  • This was in the dark year 1744, only a few months previous to the outbreak of the Old French War.

    Pilots of the Republic Archer Butler Hulbert
  • Ne (alone) to express negation is a survival of the usage in Old French where ne (without pas) could be used generally.

    Contes Franais Douglas Labaree Buffum
  • One who provides or secures lodgings for another, from the Old French herbegtsr, whence harbor.

    Palamon and Arcite John Dryden
  • And now, in the heat of the Old French War, they might well be termed a martial people.

    Old News Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Cotton buyers of that sort were apt to have very comfortable furnished rooms in the Old French quarter.

    Strange True Stories of Louisiana George Washington Cable
  • The name Soar is from the Old French adjective sor, bright yellow.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • Its qualities were reflected in the Latin versions, which in turn were drawn upon by the Old French rhyming romancers.

British Dictionary definitions for Old French

Old French

noun
1.
the French language in its earliest forms, from about the 9th century up to about 1400 OF
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