[pyoo-uh-suh nt, pyoo-is-uh nt, pwis-uh nt]

adjective Literary.

powerful; mighty; potent.

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 formspu·is·sant·ly, adverbo·ver·pu·is·sant, adjectiveo·ver·pu·is·sant·ly, adverb
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archaic, or poetic powerful
Derived Formspuissantly, adverb

Word Origin for puissant

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

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