durance

[ doo r-uh ns, dyoo r- ]
/ ˈdʊər əns, ˈdyʊər- /

noun

incarceration or imprisonment (often used in the phrase durance vile).
Archaic. endurance.

Nearby words

  1. dural sheath,
  2. dural sinus,
  3. duralumin,
  4. duramen,
  5. duran,
  6. durand,
  7. durand, asher brown,
  8. durango,
  9. durant,
  10. durant, thomas clark

Origin of durance

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French. See dure2, -ance

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British Dictionary definitions for durance

durance

/ (ˈdjʊərəns) /

noun archaic, or literary

imprisonment
duration

Word Origin for durance

C15: from Old French, from durer to last, from Latin dūrāre

Durance

/ (French dyrɑ̃s) /

noun

a river in S France, rising in the Alps and flowing generally southwest into the Rhône. Length: 304 km (189 miles)
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Word Origin and History for durance

durance

n.

late 15c., from Old French durance "duration," from durer "to endure," from Latin durare (see endure).

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