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Old French

the French language of the 9th through the 13th centuries.
Abbreviation: OF.
Origin of Old French
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The other tent is from the Old French past participle of tendre, to stretch.

  • 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
  • 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
  • One who provides or secures lodgings for another, from the Old French herbegtsr, whence harbor.

    Palamon and Arcite John Dryden
  • And yet I want the first morning walk that you two take together and alone to be in the Old French Quarter.

    Strange True Stories of Louisiana

    George Washington Cable
  • 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
  • Its qualities were reflected in the Latin versions, which in turn were drawn upon by the Old French rhyming romancers.

  • 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
  • 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
  • That comes from the Latin cor (the heart), which the Old French altered into quer.

British Dictionary definitions for Old French

Old French

the French language in its earliest forms, from about the 9th century up to about 1400 OF
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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