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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French , from Old French ou, from Latin ubi (where?). The grave accent was added in Middle French to differentiate from ou (or).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

  1. where (interrogative)
    Synonym: (Louisiana) éyoù
    est la gare?
    Where is the station?
    Comment savez-vous j'habite ?
    How do you know where I live?
  2. where (relative pronoun)
    • Jean-Claude Bologne, Histoire du célibat et des célibataires, 2007
      Dans un monde l'homme propose et la femme dispose, le célibataire a fait un choix conscient, dont il est pleinement responsable.
      In a world where the man proposes and the woman disposes, the single person has made a conscious choice for which he is fully responsible.
  3. At that time; when
    Le jour je suis devenu père.
    The day when I became a father.
  4. (poetic) whither, to where
    Un ciel plus pur et des dieux meilleurs, je t'offre à Rome je me rends.
    A purer heaven and better gods I offer you in Rome, whither I go.

Usage notes[edit]

  • is the only word in the French language that contains the letter u with a grave accent (`).

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Middle French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French ou, from Latin ubi. The grave accent was added in Middle French to differentiate from ou (or).

Adverb[edit]

  1. where

Descendants[edit]

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