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cheville (plural chevilles)

  1. a word or phrase whose only function is to make a sentence metrically balanced
    • 1905, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Art of Writing
      The genius of prose rejects the cheville no less emphatically than the laws of verse; and the cheville, I should perhaps explain to some of my readers, is any meaningless or very watered phrase employed to strike a balance in the sound.
    • 1910, Patrick Weston Joyce, English as we speak it in Ireland, chapter 5
      The practice of using chevilles was very common in old Irish poetry, and a bad practice it was; for many a good poem is quite spoiled by the constant and wearisome recurrence of these chevilles.



From Old French, from Vulgar Latin *cāvicula, from Classical Latin clāvicula, diminutive of clāvis (key).



cheville f (plural chevilles)

  1. ankle
  2. dowel, peg
  3. wall plug

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From Vulgar Latin *cāvicula, from Classical Latin clāvicula, diminutive of clāvis (key).


cheville f (oblique plural chevilles, nominative singular cheville, nominative plural chevilles)

  1. ankle (anatomy)