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adverb Archaic.
  1. certainly; in truth.
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Origin of certes

1200–50; Middle English < Old French phrase a certes < Latin *ā certīs, literally, from sure (things); see a-4, certain
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Historical Examples of certes

  • It may be his right and duty, but certes it is none of thine.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • They say that he hath the strength of six; and, certes, he hath the crimes of six upon his soul.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "Certes, Stephen Hapgood, his wisdom doth not suffice," cried the other.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Certes, we were traitors when we left our rightful lady for a stranger.

  • Now, certes, there are two ways to London distinction—rank and wealth.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for certes


  1. archaic with certainty; truly
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Word Origin for certes

C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin certus certain
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Word Origin and History for certes


mid-13c., from Old French certes, from Vulgar Latin certas, from Latin certe, adverb from certus (see certain).

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