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Thursday, March 09, 2000

Definitions for travail

  1. Painful or arduous work; severe toil or exertion.
  2. Agony; anguish.
  3. The labor of childbirth

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Citations for travail
For all his travails and tragedy, he remains boyishly delighted with all life has to offer. F. Kathleen Foley, Los AngelesTimes
Every sport entails physical and mental travail, but the decathlon is a veritable factory of pain. Rafer Johnson with Philip Goldberg, The Best That I Can Be
Origin of travail
1200-1250
Travail is from Old French traveillier, travaillier, from Vulgar Latin tripalium, "a three-staked instrument of torture," from Latin tripalis, "three-staked," from tri-, "three" + palus, "a stake."
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