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Old French Dictionary H

   This glossary (H) can provide a valuable reference for French words in general use during the 15the century, including appropriate Latin, Greek, and Castillian references.  New words will be added to this glossary periodically as they become available.



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Hanix - (O.F. n.) difficult effort, grunting, extreme effort

Harange - (O.F. n.) harange, mad raving

Hauste - (O.F. v.) hoist, raise, raise a glass (to drink)

Haut/Haute/Haulte - (O.F. a.) high, lofty, supremely, politely, safely

Hay - (F. a.) hated, disliked

Hecatombe - (O.F. n.) slaughter, holocaust

Hemispere - (O.F. n.) hemisphere

Herault - (O.F. n.) master-at-arms

Hermes - (O.F. n.) Hermes

Herne - (O.F. n.f.) a gentile lady
         note: shortened form of "heroine"

Heur - (O.F. n.) hour, time, date

Heureux - (O.F. n.) blissful time, peace, happiness, prosperity

Heurlements - (O.F. n.) howls, moans

Hierarchie - (O.F. n.) hierarchy, leadership

Hister - (L. n.) Hitler
         note: Nostradamus' wordplay on Hitler
                  combining "Hitler" and "Ister" to
                  give Hitler's name and birthplace.
                  Spring (Babylonian) fertility rites.
                  Danube festival of Ister (Easter).     

Homicide - (O.F. n.) homocide

Hom/Hommage - (O.F. n.) homage

Hom/Homme - (O.F. n.) man, gentleman, mankind

Honneur - (O.F. n.) honor, praise, worship

Honnir - (O.F. p.) dishonoring, shaming

Honore - (F. a.) honored

Horreur - (O.F. n.) horror

Horrible - (O.F. a.) horrible

Horrifique - (O.F. a.) horrific, terrible

Hors - (O.F. p.) out, out of, without, out of proportion, overwhelming, etc..

Hosce/Hos - (L. p.) this, these, those etc..

Hostaige - (O.F. n.) hostage

Hostera - (O.F. v. fut.) will take hostage, will capture

Huile/Huille - (O.F. n.) oil, stained as if by oil, a basic need

Humains - (F. n.) humans, mankind, humanity



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   Old French word references may also be found in modern French dictionaries such as Cassell's French Dictionary (hardcover edition) and other older texts.  The Old French word definitions may often be found under classical or figurative definitions.   Some word definitions have survived almost completely intact into modern times, and can be found by simply typing them into an Internet search engine.

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