copain

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From Old French compaing, compain, from Late Latin compāniō (nominative form) (compare also Italian compagno), from com- +‎ pānis (literally, with + bread), a word first attested in the Frankish Lex Salica as a translation of a Germanic word, probably Frankish *galaibo, *gahlaibo(messmate, literally with-bread), from *hlaib(loaf, bread). See also compagnon, from the accusative form of the same Late Latin term (compāniōnem), from whence also English companion. The boyfriend meaning is by ellipsis of petit copain

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copain m ‎(plural copains, feminine copine)

  1. (male) friend, chum, mate (UK), pal, buddy
  2. (informal) boyfriend (boy/man to which one has a romantic attachment)

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