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reconnoissance (plural reconnoissances)

  1. (dated) Alternative spelling of reconnaissance
    • 1882, Louisa M. Alcott, Kitty's Class Day And Other Stories[1]:
      We'd come out of the woods behind the house, and while Joe was foragin', I took a reconnoissance.
    • 1917, War Department, Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry[2]:
      The orders or instructions for a patrol, or for any detachment going on reconnoissance, must state clearly where the enemy is or is supposed to be, what information is desired, what features are of special importance, the general direction to be followed, whether friendly patrols are liable to be encountered, and where messages are to be sent or the patrol is to report.

Middle French[edit]


reconnoissance f (plural reconnoissances)

  1. recognition (act of recognizing; of admitting to be true)


  • French: reconnaissance