aïeul

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French aiol, aiuel, from Vulgar Latin *aviolus, diminutive of Latin avus. Compare Asturian güelu, Galician avó, Portuguese avô, Spanish abuelo.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /a.jœl/
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Noun[edit]

aïeul m (plural aïeux or aïeuls, feminine aïeule)

  1. ancestor
  2. (by extension) grandfather
  3. (by extension) old man

Usage notes[edit]

The plural forms aïeuls/aïeules are used to specify one's own grandfathers or grandmothers; the form aïeux can mean unspecified ancestors in a more generic sense, as in all relatives who have lived before one.

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