From Old French renart (Modern renard (“fox”)), influenced by Middle Dutch Reynaerd, both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *Raginaharduz, from *raginą (“decision, advice, counsel”) + *harduz (“hard, strong”). Compare German Reinhard, Old High German Reginhart (“strong in counsel”).
- (Britain) A name in European folklore for the red fox.
- 1852 May, “Latitat” [pseudonym], “Anecdotes of Foxes”, in The Sportsman, London: Rogerson & Tuxford, OCLC 6684898, 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.
- A surname.
- ^ http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/reynard
- ^ Douglas Harper, “Reynard”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.