hirondelle

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old Provençal irondela, diminutive of irunda, ironda, ultimately from Latin hirundō. Replaced Old French arondelle, diminutive of aronde, from Latin hirundō (cf. also harundō).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hirondelle f (plural hirondelles)

  1. swallow (bird)
  2. An alignment mark printed in the margin.
  3. A policeman on bicycle or motorcycle; so called from the brand of bicycle or the darting motions in traffic.
Last modified on 28 March 2014, at 14:35