essai

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin exagium (weighing) hence English assay; the original sense of "trial" (if the gold is good) drifted towards a general meaning of "attempt". The literary meaning is given by Michel de Montaigne's masterpiece.

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essai m (plural essais)

  1. try, trial
    Il a gagné après plusieurs essais.
    He won after numerous tries.
  2. assay
  3. (rugby) try
    Elle a marqué son deuxième essai du match.
    She has scored her second try of the match.
  4. essay, composition of moderate length exploring a particular issue or subject
    Un essai est un livre pour faire des livres; il ne peut passer pour bon qu'en raison du nombre de fétus d'ouvrages qu'il renferme. (Chateaubr., Essai Révol., t. 2, 1797)

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Noun[edit]

essai m (oblique plural essais, nominative singular essais, nominative plural essai)

  1. trial (task of considerable difficulty)

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