vault

1
[ vawlt ]
/ vɔlt /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to curve or bend in the form of a vault.

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Origin of vault

1
1300–50; (noun) alteration of Middle English voute < Old French vou(l)te, volte < Vulgar Latin *volvita, for Latin volūta, noun use of feminine past participle of Latin volvere to turn (see revolve); (v.) alteration of Middle English vouten < Old French vou(l)ter, volter, derivative of vou(l)te, volte

OTHER WORDS FROM vault

vault·like, adjective

Definition for vault (2 of 2)

vault2
[ vawlt ]
/ vɔlt /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to leap over: to vault a fence.
to cause to leap over or surpass others: Advertising has vaulted the new perfume into first place.

noun

Origin of vault

2
1530–40; < French volte a turn and volter to turn, respectively < Italian volta (noun) and voltare (v.); see volt2

OTHER WORDS FROM vault

vault·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vault (1 of 2)

vault1
/ (vɔːlt) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of vault

vaultlike, adjective

Word Origin for vault

C14: vaute, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin volvita (unattested) a turn, probably from Latin volvere to roll

British Dictionary definitions for vault (2 of 2)

vault2
/ (vɔːlt) /

verb

to spring over (an object), esp with the aid of a long pole or with the hands resting on the object
(intr) to do, achieve, or attain something as if by a leaphe vaulted to fame on the strength of his discovery
dressage to perform or cause to perform a curvet

noun

the act of vaulting
dressage a low leap; curvet

Derived forms of vault

vaulter, noun

Word Origin for vault

C16: from Old French voulter to turn, from Italian voltare to turn, from Vulgar Latin volvitāre (unattested) to turn, leap; see vault 1
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