puissant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French puissant, poissant, Anglo-Norman puissant, Old French pussant, et al., present participle of pooir (to be able), ultimately from Latin posse (be able).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpwɪs(ə)nt/, /ˈpjuːɪs(ə)nt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpjuəsənt/, /ˈpwɪsənt/
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Adjective[edit]

puissant (comparative more puissant, superlative most puissant)

  1. (archaic or literary) Powerful, mighty, having authority.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old present participle of the verb pouvoir (formed with the stem puis-; compare the modern form pouvant), from Old French puissant, pussant.

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puissant (feminine singular puissante, masculine plural puissants, feminine plural puissantes)

  1. powerful; mighty

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Old French[edit]

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From the present participle of pooir, povoir, formed with the stem puis- in conjugated forms of the verb.

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puissant m (oblique and nominative feminine singular puissant or puissante)

  1. powerful; mighty

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