Origin of esperance
1400–50; late Middle English esperaunce < Middle French esperance < Vulgar Latin *spērantia, equivalent to Latin spērant- (stem of spērāns) hoping (present participle of spērāre, derivative of spēs hope) + -ia -ia
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Examples from the Web for esperance
Esperance smiled, but as he knew that Jane was safe, he did not arouse her nurse.
Esperance, bearing her in his vigorous arms, made his way into the road.
Esperance looked up at this moment, and Goutran made him a signal.
Esperance looked at the cards, and uttered an exclamation of joy.
Monte-Cristo forgot this, and forgot that Esperance was but twenty.
- archaic hope or expectation
C15: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin sperantia (unattested), from Latin spērāre to hope, from spēs hope
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