chouette

FrenchEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʃwɛt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛt

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French çuete, diminutive of choë, cauwe, from Vulgar Latin *cawa or from Old Dutch *kāwa (jackdaw) (compare Dutch kauw, English chough), from Proto-West Germanic *kahwu, from Proto-Indo-European *gewH- (to call, cry).

NounEdit

chouette f (plural chouettes)

  1. owl (specifically, those species of owls without ear tufts; those with ear tufts are hiboux)
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Etymology 2Edit

Probably from a confusion between Etymology 1, above, and a derivative of choueter, chou.

AdjectiveEdit

chouette (plural chouettes)

  1. (informal) great, cool, swell
    Synonym: sympa

InterjectionEdit

chouette

  1. (informal) Exclamation when one learns of something pleasing
    Chouette ! On va à la mer cet été !Super! We're going to the sea this summer!
    Des crêpes ? Chouette !Crêpes? Super!

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