rien

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From Old French rien, from Latin rem (accusative of res ‘thing’).

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rien

  1. nothing
    • Antoine Lavoisier
      Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme.
      Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed.
  2. (archaic) anything
    • 1630, François de Malherbe, Le traité des bienfaits de Sénèque, III, 10
      En tous les bienfaits d'importance, la preuve ne peut avoir de lieu ; car il n'y a bien souvent que deux qui en sachent rien .

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Middle Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *rīan, from Proto-Germanic *rīhanan.

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rien

  1. to sew together, to put a thread through

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin rem, accusative of res.

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rien f (oblique plural riens, nominative singular riens, nominative plural riens)

  1. thing; object
  2. being; creature

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rien

  1. thing
  2. (used with "ne") nothing

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