escarmouche

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French, from Old French escharmuche (skirmish), from Old Italian scaramuccia (skirnish), from Lombardic *skirmjan (to protect, defend), from Proto-Germanic *skirmijaną (to shelter), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (to cut). Cognate with Old High German skirmen, scirmen (to shield, defend, protect), Old High German skirm (shade, protection). More at skirmish, screen.

NounEdit

escarmouche f (plural escarmouches)

  1. skirmish, dispute
  2. (military) a small combat
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