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ordinateur

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin ordinator (one who orders), from ōrdinō (to order, to organize)

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.)

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NounEdit

ordinateur m (plural ordinateurs)

  1. A computer, a computing device.
    Il a un ordinateur. — He has a computer.
    Elle est à l’ordinateur. — She is at the computer.
  2. (archaic, Christianity) One who performs an ordination ceremony.

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