durance

[ door-uhns, dyoor- ]
/ ˈdʊər əns, ˈdyʊər- /

noun

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

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Origin of durance

1400–50; late Middle English <Middle French. See dure2, -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for durance (1 of 2)

durance
/ (ˈdjʊərəns) /

noun archaic, or literary

imprisonment
duration

Word Origin for durance

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

British Dictionary definitions for durance (2 of 2)

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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