or em·prize

[ em-prahyz ]
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  1. an adventurous enterprise.

  2. knightly daring or prowess.

Origin of emprise

1250–1300; Middle English <Anglo-French, Old French, noun use of feminine of empris (past participle of emprendre to undertake), equivalent to em-em-1 + pris taken (see prize1)

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How to use emprise in a sentence

  • One has the sense at times of spying from ambush upon a promise of emprise and some great gain.

  • When once the class was fairly launched upon its new emprise, a change in the usual aspect of things became apparent.

    A Bookful of Girls | Anna Fuller
  • True, I walked in the paths of pensive thought; but it was only to think of John--Blount and of the emprise we had in hand.

    A Legend of Reading Abbey | Charles MacFarlane
  • To me the most tender and beautiful thing in all this our great adventure and emprise was the meeting of little Arthur and Alice.

    A Legend of Reading Abbey | Charles MacFarlane
  • Karna heard with crimsoned forehead, left the emprise almost done, Left the bow already circled, silent gazed upon the Sun!

    Maha-bharata | Anonymous

British Dictionary definitions for emprise


/ (ɛmˈpraɪz) /

  1. a chivalrous or daring enterprise; adventure

  2. chivalrous daring or prowess

Origin of emprise

C13: from Old French, from emprendre to undertake; see enterprise

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