- an adventurous enterprise.
- knightly daring or prowess.
Origin of emprise
Examples from the Web for emprise
Historical Examples of emprise
Unless this emprise succeeds he is never like to rule in Mondolfo.The Strolling Saint
He is coming so much nearer that he understands her emprise.Floyd Grandon's Honor
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I felt fresh as if I had slept; my nerves were strung for emprise.The War Trail
At the court he affixed his challenge, and maintained this emprise in tilt and tourney.Amenities of Literature
This time her foot was not withdrawn, and he felt that his emprise was rewarded.What Will People Say?
- a chivalrous or daring enterprise; adventure
- chivalrous daring or prowess
Word Origin for emprise
c.1300, "chivalrous endeavor," from Old French emprise (12c.) "enterprise, venture, adventure, undertaking," from Vulgar Latin *imprensa (source of Provençal empreza, Spanish empresa, Italian impresa), from *imprendere "to undertake," from in- + prehendere "to take" (see prehensile). Archaic in English; in French now with a literal sense "a hold, a grip."