puissant

[ pyoo-uh-suhnt, pyoo-is-uhnt, pwis-uhnt ]
/ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM puissant

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

puissant
/ (ˈpjuːɪsənt) /

adjective

archaic, or poetic powerful

Derived forms of puissant

puissantly, adverb

Word Origin for puissant

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