In its application to computing, it was coined by the professor of philology Jacques Perret in a letter dated 16 April 1955, in response to a request from IBM France, who believed the word calculateur was too restrictive in light of the possibilities of these machines (this is a very rare example of the creation of a neologism authenticated by dated letter.)
ordinateur m (plural ordinateurs)
- A computer, a computing device.
- Il a un ordinateur. — He has a computer.
- Elle est a l’ordinateur. — She is at the computer.
- (archaic, Christianity) One who performs an ordination ceremony.