radeau

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French radeau.

Noun[edit]

radeau (plural radeaus or radeaux)

  1. A float; a raft.
    • 1859, Life of Washington, Washington Irving:
      Then three vessels under sail, and one at anchor, above Split Rock, and behind it the radeau Thunderer, noted in the last year's naval fight.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Occitan radel, a diminutive of rat, itself from Latin ratis (raft).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

radeau m (plural radeaux)

  1. raft
    • 1964, “Les copains d'abord”, performed by George Brassens:
      Non, ce n'était pas le radeau / De la Méduse, ce bateau / Qu'on se le dise au fond des ports / Dise au fond des ports / Il naviguait en père peinard / Sur la grand-mare des canards / Et s'app'lait les Copains d'abord

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