From Middle French fleuve, from late Old French flueve (12th cent.), a dissimilated form of fluive, fluie, a reborrowing of Latin fluvius (“stream”). Confluence with Old French fluet, flot (“river, flood”), from Frankish *flōd as well as Old Norse flóð cannot be ruled out. See flot. Replaced native Old French fluns, flum, from Latin flūmen (compare Occitan flume, Romansch flüm, Italian fiume).
fleuve m (plural fleuves)
- A river (one that flows into an ocean or sea. A river that flows into another river is called a rivière).
L’Amazone est un fleuve d'Amérique du Sud.
- The Amazon is a river located in South America.