cette

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French ceste, from Old French ceste, from Vulgar Latin *eccu ista, from Latin eccum ista, from iste.

The loss of internal -s- triggered compensatory lengthening of the preceding vowel. Due to the unstressed position of this pronoun, however, the length was soon lost again, which explains the spelling without a circumflex (though the form cête was occasionally used). Compare notre and le nôtre.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sɛt/
  • (file)

Pronoun[edit]

cette f

  1. feminine singular of ce

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Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

cette

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of cedo

References[edit]

  • cette in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cette in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette