choisir

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French choisir, from Old French choisir, coisir (to differentiate, see distinctly), from Frankish *kausijan (to choose), from Proto-Germanic *kausijaną, *kauzijaną, from Proto-Germanic *keusaną (to choose, taste), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵews- (to choose, taste). Cognate with Franco-Provençal chouêsir (to choose), Germanic cognates include Old Frisian kēra (to elect). Related also to Gothic 𐌺𐌹𐌿𐍃𐌰𐌽 (kiusan, to choose, examine), Old High German kiosan (to choose), Old English ċēosan (to choose), Old Norse kjósa (to choose). More at choose.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʃwa.ziʁ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: choi‧sir

Verb[edit]

choisir

  1. to choose
    Je n'ai pas eu le temps de choisir.
  2. (obsolete) to perceive, distinguish

Conjugation[edit]

This is a regular verb of the second conjugation, like finir, nourrir, and most other verbs with infinitives ending in -ir. One salient feature of this conjugation is the repeated appearance of the infix -iss-.

Further reading[edit]


Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French choisir, coisir (to differentiate, see distinctly), from Frankish *kausjan (to choose), from Proto-Germanic *kauzijaną (to choose, taste), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵews- (to choose, taste).

Verb[edit]

choisir

  1. to choose