See also: Cette

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Etymology edit

From Middle French ceste, from Old French ceste, from Vulgar Latin *ecce ista, feminine of *ecce iste.

The loss of internal /s/ triggered compensatory lengthening of the preceding vowel. Due to the unstressed position of this pronoun, however, the length was soon lost again, which explains the spelling without a circumflex (though the form cête was occasionally used). Compare notre and le nôtre.

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Determiner edit

cette f

  1. feminine singular of ce

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Latin edit

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Verb edit


  1. second-person plural present active imperative of cedo

References edit

  • cette”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cette in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette