puissance

[ pyoo-uh-suh ns, pyoo-is-uh ns, pwis-uh ns ]
/ ˈpyu ə səns, pyuˈɪs əns, ˈpwɪs əns /

noun Literary.

power, might, or force.

Nearby words

  1. puh-leeze,
  2. puha,
  3. puir,
  4. puirtith,
  5. puisne,
  6. puissant,
  7. puissantly,
  8. puja,
  9. puka,
  10. pukatea

Origin of puissance

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to puiss(ant) puissant + -ance -ance

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British Dictionary definitions for puissance

puissance

/ (ˈpjuːɪsəns, ˈpwiːsɑːns) /

noun

a competition in showjumping that tests a horse's ability to jump a limited number of large obstacles
archaic, or poetic power

Word Origin for puissance

C15: from Old French; see puissant

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Word Origin and History for puissance

puissance

n.

early 15c., "power, strength, authority," from Old French puissance, poissance "power, might" (12c.), from puissant (see puissant).

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