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Friday, April 03, 2009

Definitions for longueur

  1. A dull and tedious passage in a book, play, musical composition, or the like.

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Citations for longueur
One of the commentators compared my speech to one of Gladstone's which had lasted five hours. "It was not so long, but some of the speech's . . . longueurs made Gladstone seem the soul of brevity," he wrote. Lord Lamont of Lerwick, Times (London)
If this book of 400 pages had been devoted to her alone, it would have been filled with longueurs, but as the biography of a family it has the merit of originality. Peter Ackroyd, Times (London)
Origin of longueur
Longueur is from French (where it means "length"), ultimately deriving from Latin longus, "long," which is also the source of English long.
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