vieil

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vetulus (diminutive of vetus).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

vieil

  1. form of vieux used before a masculine noun that starts with a vowel sound
    Nous ferions bien d'aller aider ce vieil homme.

Usage notes[edit]

  • used before masculine nouns that start with a vowel like ours but also before nouns that start with a vowel sound like hôpital, where the h is silent: un vieil hôpital (IPA(key): /œ̃.vjɛj.ɔ.pi.tal/)

Middle French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

vieil m (feminine singular vieille, masculine plural vieils, feminine plural vieilles)

  1. Alternative form of vieulx.