[pyoo-uh-suh nt, pyoo-is-uh nt, pwis-uh nt]
- powerful; mighty; potent.
Origin of puissant
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Examples from the Web for puissant
Perhaps the wise and puissant of the future were to germinate there.Doctor Pascal
She was the wife of the puissant Secretary of State, the mistress of the King.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
We came at night, just as now, upon this castle of its most noble and puissant lord.John Splendid
Not the least common or puissant of these was the healing of the sick.Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing
George Barton Cutten
The most puissant pen is powerless, the brightest colour too cold.The War Trail
- archaic, or poetic powerful
C15: from Old French, ultimately from Latin potēns mighty, from posse to have power
Word Origin and History for puissant
mid-15c., from Middle French puissant "strong, mighty, powerful," earlier poissant (12c.), from stem of Old French poeir "to be able" (see power (n.)). Related: Puissantly.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper