or em·prize



an adventurous enterprise.
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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Related Words for emprise

endeavor, enterprise, feat, quest, undertaking, venture

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

    Raphael Sabatini

  • He is coming so much nearer that he understands her emprise.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • I felt fresh as if I had slept; my nerves were strung for emprise.

    The War Trail

    Mayne Reid

  • At the court he affixed his challenge, and maintained this emprise in tilt and tourney.

  • This time her foot was not withdrawn, and he felt that his emprise was rewarded.

British Dictionary definitions for emprise


noun archaic

a chivalrous or daring enterprise; adventure
chivalrous daring or prowess

Word Origin for emprise

C13: from Old French, from emprendre to undertake; see enterprise
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Word Origin and History 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."

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