aiguille

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French aiguille (needle).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

aiguille (plural aiguilles)

  1. A needle-shaped peak. [from 19th c.]
  2. An instrument for boring holes, used in blasting.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 aiguille”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 aiguille”, in Collins English Dictionary.
  3. 3.0 3.1 aiguille” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  4. 4.0 4.1 aiguille”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.

French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French aguille, from Vulgar Latin *acūcla < *acūcula, diminutive of Latin acus (needle). Perhaps influenced phonetically by aiguiser.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛ.ɡɥij/, /e.ɡɥij/
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Noun[edit]

aiguille f (plural aiguilles)

  1. (botany, costumery, medicine) needle
  2. needle (of compass); hand (of watch); spire (of church)
  3. (railway) point (UK), switch (US)

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Verb[edit]

aiguille

  1. inflection of aiguiller:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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