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Old French[edit]

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From real ‎(regal, royal), from Latin regalis. According to another theory, from an alteration of reiame, from Latin regimen (genitive regiminis).[1][2] Compare Old Provençal regeme, reialme.


reaume m ‎(oblique plural reaumes, nominative singular reaumes, nominative plural reaume)

  1. kingdom
    • circa 1176, Christian of Troyes (translated by Laurence Harf-Lancner), Cligès, ISBN 2-7453-1413-0, page 140:
      Ferai de vos roi coroné
      del meillor reaume de Gales.
      I will make of you a king
      of the best kingdom of Wales



  1. ^ Jacqueline Picoche, Jean-Claude Rolland, Dictionnaire étymologique du français, Paris 2009, Dictionnaires Le Robert, ISBN 978-2-84902-424-9
  2. ^