foison

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French foison

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

foison (plural foisons)

  1. (archaic) an abundance, a rich supply of.
    • c. 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II, Scene 1,[1]
      [...] treason, felony,
      Sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any engine,
      Would I not have; but nature should bring forth,
      Of its own kind, all foison, all abundance,
      To feed my innocent people.
  2. (chiefly Scotland) strength, power

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French, from Latin fūsiō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

foison f (uncountable)

  1. (dated) abundance, great deal, load
    J'ai foison de copines: I've got plenty of girlfriends.

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Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

foison f (plural foisons)

  1. much; a lot of

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

foison f (oblique plural foisons, nominative singular foison, nominative plural foisons)

  1. much; a lot of

Descendants[edit]