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[em-prahyz] /ɛmˈpraɪz/
an adventurous enterprise.
knightly daring or prowess.
Origin of emprise
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, noun use of feminine of empris (past participle of emprendre to undertake), equivalent to em- em-1 + pris taken (see prize1) Unabridged
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  • Unless this emprise succeeds he is never like to rule in Mondolfo.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • He is coming so much nearer that he understands her emprise.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • I felt fresh as if I had slept; my nerves were strung for emprise.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • At the court he affixed his challenge, and maintained this emprise in tilt and tourney.

    Amenities of Literature

    Isaac Disraeli
  • This time her foot was not withdrawn, and he felt that his emprise was rewarded.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • A smattering of the irregular verbs will not much avail him in that emprise.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • One has the sense at times of spying from ambush upon a promise of emprise and some great gain.

  • And the next day in the dawning when soon the sun should rise, The Cid was armed and with him all the men of his emprise.

    The Lay of the Cid R. Selden Rose
  • True, I walked in the paths of pensive thought; but it was only to think of John--Blount and of the emprise we had in hand.

    A Legend of Reading Abbey

    Charles MacFarlane
  • To me the most tender and beautiful thing in all this our great adventure and emprise was the meeting of little Arthur and Alice.

    A Legend of Reading Abbey

    Charles MacFarlane
British Dictionary definitions for emprise


noun (archaic)
a chivalrous or daring enterprise; adventure
chivalrous daring or prowess
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from emprendre to undertake; see enterprise
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Word Origin and History for emprise

c.1300, "chivalrous endeavor," from Old French emprise (12c.) "enterprise, venture, adventure, undertaking," from Vulgar Latin *imprensa (source of Provençal empreza, Spanish empresa, Italian impresa), from *imprendere "to undertake," from in- + prehendere "to take" (see prehensile). Archaic in English; in French now with a literal sense "a hold, a grip."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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