pelf

[ pelf ]
/ pɛlf /

noun

money or wealth, especially when regarded with contempt or acquired by reprehensible means.

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Origin of pelf

1300–50; Middle English < Old French pelfre booty
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pelf

/ (pɛlf) /

noun

derogatory money or wealth, esp if dishonestly acquired; lucre

Word Origin for pelf

C14: from Old French pelfre booty; related to Latin pilāre to despoil
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Word Origin and History for pelf

pelf


n.

mid-14c., "stolen goods," from Anglo-French pelf, Old French pelfre "booty, spoils" (11c.), of unknown origin; also see pilfer. Meaning "money, riches," with a pejorative overtone first recorded c.1500.

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