baisemain

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From baiser +‎ man.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

baisemain m (plural baisemains)

  1. (historical) in feudalism, homage which the vassal used to give to the fief seigneur, by kissing his hand
  2. polite manner to greet or leave a lady, by kissing her hand, hand-kissing.

Derived terms[edit]

  • À belles baisemains : f pl (archaic) With a great submission.

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