clé

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See also: CLE and cle

French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French clef, from Old French clef, from Latin clāvem, accusative singular of clāvis, from Proto-Italic *klāwis, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kleh₂w-. According to Bescherelle, the spelling clé had replaced clef by 1845.

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Noun[edit]

clé f (plural clés)

  1. key (device for unlocking)
    • 2015, Zaz, Si jamais j'oublie
      Et s'il me prend l'envie d' m'en aller, enferme-moi et jette la clé.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  2. (figuratively) key (essential attribute)
    La différence est la clé de l'existence.
    Difference is the key to existence.
  3. wrench, spanner

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Irish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish clé, from Proto-Celtic *kliyā, substantivization of the adjective *kliyos (left(hand)). Cognate with Scottish Gaelic clì, Welsh cledd and Breton kleiz (all "left").

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Noun[edit]

clé f (genitive singular clé)

  1. left (side opposite right)

Declension[edit]

  • Archaic dative singular: clí

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
clé chlé gclé
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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Karankawa[edit]

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Noun[edit]

clé

  1. water

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  • Anthony P. Grant, Karankawa Linguitic Materials, Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, volume 19, number 2 (1994)

Old Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *kliyos.

Adjective[edit]

clé

  1. left

Inflection[edit]

io/iā-stem
Singular Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative clé clé clé
Vocative clí
Accusative clé clí
Genitive clí clé clí
Dative clíu clí clíu
Plural Masculine Feminine/neuter
Nominative clí clí
Vocative clí
clíu*
Accusative clí
clíu*
Genitive clé
Dative cléib
Notes * when substantivized

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle Irish: clé

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
clé chlé clé
pronounced with /ɡ(ʲ)-/
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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