or em·prize

[ em-prahyz ]
/ ɛmˈpraɪz /


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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/ (ɛmˈpraɪz) /

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 emprize



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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