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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English large, from Old French large, from Latin larga, feminine of largus (abundant, plentiful, copious, large, much). Mostly displaced Middle English stoor, stour (large, great) (from Old English stōr) and muchel (large, great) (from Old English myċel).

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large (comparative larger, superlative largest)

  1. Of considerable or relatively great size or extent.
    Russia is a large country.   The fruit-fly has large eyes for its body size.   He has a large collection of stamps.
  2. (obsolete) Abundant; ample.
  3. (archaic) Full in statement; diffuse; profuse.
    • 1711, Henry Felton, Dissertation on Reading the Classics
      I might be very large upon the importance and advantages of education.
  4. (obsolete) Free; unencumbered.
  5. (obsolete) Unrestrained by decorum; said of language.
  6. (nautical) Crossing the line of a ship's course in a favorable direction; said of the wind when it is abeam, or between the beam and the quarter.

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Noun[edit]

large (countable and uncountable, plural larges)

  1. (music, obsolete) An old musical note, equal to two longas, four breves, or eight semibreves.
  2. (obsolete) Liberality, generosity.
  3. (slang, plural: large) A thousand dollars/pounds.
    Getting a car tricked out like that will cost you 50 large.
    • 1991, Stephen King, Needful Things:
      "We'll call you anything we want," Dave said. "You owe us eighty-five large, Ace, and what we've got for collateral on that money so far is a shitload of Arm & Hammer baking soda worth about a buck-fifty. We'll call you Hubert J. Motherfucker if we want to."
  4. A large serving of something.
    One small coffee and two larges, please.

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large

  1. (nautical) Before the wind.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French large, from Latin largus, larga, largum (abundant, plentiful, copious, large, much). The feminine is inherited, but for the masculine, Latin largum (the masculine and neuter accusative) developed into Old French larc, which was discarded.

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large (plural larges)

  1. wide, broad
  2. large
  3. generous

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Noun[edit]

large m (plural larges)

  1. open sea
  2. width

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Descendants[edit]
  • Antillean Creole: laj
  • Haitian Creole: laj
  • Karipúna Creole French: laj
  • Louisiana Creole French: laj, larj

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Latin[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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largē (comparative largius, superlative largissimē)

  1. munificently, generously, liberally.
  2. abundantly, copiously.
  3. to a great extent.

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Adjective[edit]

large

  1. vocative masculine singular of largus

References[edit]

  • large in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • large in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French large, from Latin largus (abundant, plentiful, copious, large, much).

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large m or f

  1. (Jersey) wide

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large m (plural larges)

  1. (Jersey, nautical) open sea, deep sea
    Synonym: plieine mé

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • larc (Roman de Renard, "wide")

Etymology[edit]

From Latin largus, larga.

Adjective[edit]

large m (oblique and nominative feminine singular large)

  1. generous
  2. large; big
  3. wide (when used to differentiate between height, width and length)

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: large
  • Middle French: large
    • French: large
      • Antillean Creole: laj
      • Haitian Creole: laj
      • Karipúna Creole French: laj
      • Louisiana Creole French: laj, larj
  • Norman: large (Guernsey, Jersey)

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