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From Old French Renart (Modern renard (fox)), influenced by Middle Dutch Reynaerd[1], both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *Raginaharduz, from *raginą (decision, advice, counsel) + *harduz (hard, strong). Compare German Reinhard, Old High German Reginhart (strong in counsel)[2].


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛnə(ɹ)d/, /ˈɹɛnɑː(ɹ)d/
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  1. A male given name
  2. A surname originating as a patronymic.
  3. (literary, poetic) A name in European folklore for the red fox.
    • 1852 May, “Latitat” [pseudonym], “Anecdotes of Foxes”, in The Sportsman, London: Rogerson & Tuxford, →OCLC, page 347:
      Reynard, in his thieving rambles, one night the summer before last visited the pleasure-gardens in Cornbury Park, and there he found and carried off a hen pheasant while sitting on her nest. The same evening a barn-door hen, with a nide of pheasants also disappeared.


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  1. ^
    2016 May 25 (last accessed) “Archived copy”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1], archived from the original on 16 December 2015:
  2. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “Reynard”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.