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Old French Keyword Dictionary (B)


   Many Old French words can be found by simply looking them up in any modern French dictionary. This glossary lists those words that are no longer a part of the modern French language. New words will be added to this glossary as soon as they become available.

 

OLD FRENCH KEYWORD DICTIONARY

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 M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   Y

 

Babel/Babilon - (O.F. n.f.) Babylon, Iraq

Balance - (O.F. n.) balance, liberty, equality

Bannis - (F. n.) refugee, exile

Barbari - (O.F. n., plur.) barbarians, infidels, unbelievers

Bas - (F. a.) low

Bastard - (O.F. n.) bastard, illegitimate, substitute

Bataille - (O.F. n.) battle

Beaucoup - (F. p.) much, greatly, many

Befroy - (O.F. v.) sense trouble

Bellique - (O.F. n.) combat, battle
         note: belligerant, bellicose

Bestes - (O.F. n., plur.) beasts, louts, wildmen

Beuf - (O.F. n.) ox
         note: from French "boeuf" - ox

Bien - (O.F. p.) good, very

Bisance - (O.F. n.) Byzantium, Byzantine

Biscuit - (O.F. n.) biscuit, bread, food

Blanc/Blanche - (O.F. a.) white, snowy, Royals (whites)

Blancheur - (O.F. n.) obscuration, a "white-out"

Blemi - (O.F. a.) blemished, flawed

Blesique - (O.F. a.) blessed

Blesses - (O.F. n. plur.) strikes, kicks, wounds, curses

Bois - (O.F. n.) wood, tree, forest

Boiteux - (O.F. n.) limp, lame, cripple

Antechrist - (F. n.) false Christ

Bon - (F. a.) good

Bon-heur - (O.F. n.) good cause, righteous cause

Boucher - (O.F. n.) butcher

Bousseau - (O.F. n.) bushel

Bout/Boutes - (O.F. n.) end

Bras - (F. n. plur.) arms

Branche - (O.F. n.) branch, tribe, line, sect

Bretaigne - (O.F. n.) Brittany, Britain, Northern France

Britannique - (F. a.) British

Brodes - (O.F. n.) darkness, cloaking

Bruine - (O.F. n.) brutal attack

Bruit - (O.F. n.) clamor, fame

Brune - (O.F. n.) twilight

Brusler - (O.F. v.) burn, bristle (with flame), set on fire

Bueyra - (O.F. v. fut.) will drink, will eat

Bugie - (F. n.) Barbary Coast

Butin - (O.F. n.) booty, spoils

 

OLD FRENCH KEYWORD DICTIONARY

 A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   L

 M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   Y

 

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   The Old French language included many words from Latin and Greek word roots and also regional dialects such as Provencal and and Catalan. You can also check under the classical "class." and figurative "fig." listings in larger modern French dictionaries. Old French can also differ from modern French, since words like "fleuve," which now means "river," also meant "route" or "course," in Old France because rivers were often used as the safest "route" or "course" when travelling between major cities, since roads were poorly maintained, and robbers often waited along these routes. Please keep in mind that many figures of speech such as the "oil and the wine," which does not seem to make much sense today, in those days meant the "good things."

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