[ pyoo-uh-suh nt, pyoo-is-uh nt, pwis-uh nt ]
/ ˈpyu ə sənt, pyuˈɪs ənt, ˈpwɪs ənt /

adjective Literary.

powerful; mighty; potent.

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Origin of puissant

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *possent- (stem of *possēns), for Latin potent- (stem of potēns), present participle of posse to be able, have power; see potent1, -ant

Related forms

pu·is·sant·ly, adverbo·ver·pu·is·sant, adjectiveo·ver·pu·is·sant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for puissant


/ (ˈpjuːɪsənt) /


archaic, or poetic powerful

Derived Forms

puissantly, adverb

Word Origin for puissant

C15: from Old French, ultimately from Latin potēns mighty, from posse to have power
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