From Middle French comptoir, comtoir, contoir (also comptoer, contoer, comptouer, contouer), from compter, conter (“to count”) + -oir (“instrument suffix”) calquing earlier Medieval Latin computōrium. Synchronically compter + -oir.
comptoir m (plural comptoirs)
- A counter, countertop, as of a store or bank.
- comptoir de crème glacée ― ice cream counter
- A trading post in overseas colonies.