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Old French Keyword Dictionary (C)


   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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Cache - (O.F. a.) hidden

Caige - (O.F. n.) metal cage, metal armor, metal enclosure, armored vehicle

Calamite - (O.F. n.) calamity, disruption

Calpre - (O.F. n.) Gibraltar

Camp - (O.F. n.) camp of an army

Cancer - (O.F. n.) Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Canon - (O.F. n.) cannon

Canto - (O.F. n.) spoken

Cap. - (O.F. n.) captain, sheriff, government official

Captif - (O.F. p.) captured

Captivite - (O.F. n.) captivity, confinement

Carmanie - (O.F. n.) Persia, Iran, Persian cult
         note: Carmania or Karmana - Persia

Castel - (O.F. a.) Castilian, Spanish

Castillon - (O.F. n.) Castle, Chateau

Cause - (O.F. n.) cause, reason

Cave - (F. n.) cave, vault, catacomb, tomb

Celtique - (O.F. a.) Celtic, Gallic, French, Frenchman

Cela - (F. p.) although

Celebrera - (O.F. v. fut.) will celebrate

Celestes - (O.F. n. plur.) stars, skies, stargazers

Celle - (O.F. n.) house, house servant

Celuy/Celui - (O.F. n.) the same

Cens/Cent - (O.F. n.,a.) hundreds, century
         note: from Old French "cen, cent" - one hundred

Censunto - (O.F. v.) consider, ponder

Centre - (F. n.) center

Cervoise - (F. n.) beer, ale

Ces - (O.F. a.) secret, hidden

Cessee - (L. p.) ceasing

Ceux - (O.F. p.) they, those, etc..

Chair - (O.F. n.) flesh

Chaleur - (O.F. n.) heat

Champ - (F. n.) field, battlefield

Changeront - (F. v. fut.) will change

Chant - (O.F. n.) chant, song, sound

Chasser - (O.F. v.) chase off, force to exit

Chasses - (O.F. n., plur.) wounds
         note: this is mispelled as "classes" in some quatrains

Chausses - (O.F. n. plur.) feet, walking

Chef - (O.F. n.) chief, head, leader, high spirit

Chief - (O.F. n.) a higher authority

Chemin - (O.F. n.) road, path

Cher - (O.F. a.) dear, dearly

Cherra - (O.F. v., fut.) will seek, will desire, will cherish

Cheval - (O.F. n.) horse

Ciel/Cieux - (O.F. n.) sky

Cinq - (O.F. a.) five

Cita - (O.F. n.) citadell, strong fort

Cite - (O.F. n.) city

Cite' Neufve - (O.F. n.f.) the City of "New," (now the City of New York)
         note: In the past NYC was named
                  The City of New Amsterdam,
                  The City of New Angouleme,
                  The City of New Netherlands,
                  The City of New Orange and
                  The City of New York, but it
                  was always the City of "New".

Clarte - (O.F. n.) clarity, enlightenment

Class/Classe - (O.F. a.) classical, military rank, naval fleet
         note: in some cases this is a mispelling of "chasses"

Clercz - (O.F. n.) Cleric

Clere - (O.F. a.) clear, valid

Clerge - (F. n.) clergy

Climat - (O.F. n.) region, part, zodiac, portion (of the sky)

Climaterique - (O.F. n.) latitude

Coche - (O.F. n.) nip, slap, stab, insult

Coeur - (O.F. n.) heart

Coffres - (O. F. n. plur.) chests, dressers

Cogneauz - (O.F. a.) made known, seen, exposed

Coing - (O.F. n.) corner, nook, wedge

Coq/Coqz - (F. n.) cock, rooster, pirate, Holy Roman emperor

Combatre - (O.F. n.) combat, battle

Comete - (O.F. n.) comet

Comme - (O.F. p.) even as, even from, etc..

Commencee - (O.F. p.) begins, starts, commences

Commetra - (F. v. fut.) will commit, will perpetrate

Compagne - (O.F. n.) companion, consort, fellowship, brotherhood

Competiteur - (O.F. n.) competitor

Comprins - (O.F. p.) controlled, compromised

Comte/Compte - (O.F. n.) account, regard, unsettled, held in suspension

Concedera - (O.F. v. fut.) will give in, will consent

Concord - (O.F. n.) agreement, contract

Conduite - (O.F. p.) led

Confin - (O.F. n.) confines, limits

Conflict - (O.F. n.) conflict

Conforme - (F. v.) conform, agree

Coniuriera - (O.F. v. fut.) will be called to answer

Conjoined - (O.F. p.) joined

Conjurez - (O.F. n.) seducer, deceiver, conspirator

Conseil - (O.F. n.) counsel, court, rule, leadership

Consentir - (O.F. p.) consenting, agreeing

Consort - (O.F. n.) accomplice, companion

Consurez - (O.F. a.) discredited, censored

Contemnera - (F. v. fut.) will have contempt for, will hate

Contens - (L. a.) content, happy

Contens - (O.F. n. plur.) contenders, participants

Contrainct - (O.F. p.) forced, compelled

Contraire/Contre - (O.F. p.) against

Contrees - (O.F. n. plur.) countries, lands

Converts - (O.F. n.) disciples, converts

Copies - (L. n., plur.) troops, forces, armies

Corne/Cornet - (O.F. n.) horn, animal horn

Coronal/Coronel - (O.F. n.) royal, supported by the crown

Corps - (O.F. n. plur.) bodies

Corseigne - (O.F. n.) Corsica, Corsican

Coste - (O.F. n.) coast, shore

Coucher - (O. F. v.) rest, relax

Couer - (O.F. n.) heart

Coup - (O.F. n.) fallen, a coup

Cour - (O.F. n.) Royal Court

Courte - (O.F. a.) pertaining to a "straight-buttoned" courtier or soldier

Courage - (O.F. n.) courage

Courra - (O.F. v. fut.) will run

Courrir - (O.F. v.) run
         note: courier-runner

Cours - (O.F. n.) swift course

Courte - (O.F. a.) pertaining to a "straight-buttoned" courtier or soldier

Coutaux - (O.F. n.) undercutting act

Couvert - (O.F. v.) secretly examined

Cracher - (O.F. v.) spill, spit

Craintif - (O.F. a.) fearful, dreadful

Credit - (O.F. n.) repute, authority, power

Crestien - (O.F. a.) Christian

Creuz - (O.F. p.) cutting out

Crevera - (O.F. v. fut.) will pierce

Cris/Crier/Crys - (O.F. n. plur.) cries, screams, mourning

Croire - (O.F. v.) believe

Croistre - (O.F. v.) expand, grow

Croix - (O.F. n.) cross, Christian cross

Crue - (O. F. n.) liquid

Cruelle - (O.F. a.) cruel

Cuidoit - (F. p.) carrying out, completing, attempting

Cuisine - (O.F. n.) food

Cuit/Cuict - (O.F. a.) cooked, baked

Cureur - (O.F. p.) corrupted

Custode - (O.F. n.) custody, care

 

OLD FRENCH DICTIONARY

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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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