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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Definitions for coze

  1. a friendly talk; a chat.
  2. to converse in a friendly way; chat.

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Citations for coze
Miss Crawford appeared gratified by the application, and after a moment's thought, urged Fanny's returning with her in a much more cordial manner than before, and proposed their going up into her room, where they might have a comfortable coze ... Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814
... he hopes, perhaps, for a walk with Miss Charlotte, or a coze in Madame Smolensk's little private room. William Makepeace Thackeray, The Adventures of Philip on His Way Through the World Shewing Who Robbed Him, Who Helped Him, and Who Passed Him By, 1861–62
Origin of coze
1820-1830
Coze came to English in the 1820s from French causer “to chat,” from Old French “to reason, expound.” Ultimately coze derives from Latin causārī “to plead a cause, plead as an excuse.”
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