espion

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French *espion (attested only in the verb espionner), from Old French espion, spion (one assigned to observe or spy). Alternatively, derived from Old French espie (spy), under influence of Italian spione (spy).[1] According to another theory, French espion is borrowed from Italian spione.[2] The word is ultimately from Frankish *spehō (spy), from Frankish *spehōn (to look, spy), from Proto-Germanic *spehōną.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛs.pjɔ̃/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

espion m (plural espions, feminine espionne)

  1. (espionage) spy (person who secretly watches)

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Descendants[edit]

  • German: Spion (or directly from Italian)
  • Norman: espion
  • Turkish: ispiyon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacqueline Picoche, Jean-Claude Rolland, Dictionnaire étymologique du français, Paris 2009, Dictionnaires Le Robert, →ISBN
  2. ^ Albert Dauzat, Jean Dubois, Henri Mitterand, Nouveau dictionnaire étymologique, Paris, Librairie Larousse, 1964

Further reading[edit]

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French espion.

Noun[edit]

espion m (plural espions)

  1. (Jersey) spy

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Occitan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

espion m (plural espions, feminine espiona, feminine plural espionas)

  1. spy

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