See also: usagé

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English usage, from Anglo-Norman and Old French usage.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈjuːsɪd͡ʒ/, /ˈjuːzɪd͡ʒ/
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NounEdit

usage (countable and uncountable, plural usages)

  1. Habit, practice.
    1. A custom or established practice. [from 14th c.]
      • 1792, James Boswell, in Danziger & Brady (eds.), Boswell: The Great Biographer (Journals 1789–1795), Yale 1989, p. 170:
        [S]everal young people sung sacred music in the churchyard at night, which it seems is an usage here.
    2. (uncountable) Custom, tradition. [from 14th c.]
    3. Behaviour or a specific act typical of a person or people; habit. [from 14th c.]
      • 1846, Charles Dickens, Dombey & Son:
        Mrs. Wickam, agreeably to the usage of some ladies in her condition, pursued [] the subject, without any compunction.
  2. Utilization.
    1. The act of using something; use, employment. [from 14th c.]
    2. The established custom of using language; the ways and contexts in which spoken and written words are used, especially by a certain group of people or in a certain region. [from 14th c.]
    3. (now archaic) Action towards someone; treatment, especially in negative sense. [from 16th c.]
      • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.4:
        Whose sharp provokement them incenst so sore, / That both were bent t'avenge his usage base []
      • 1693, [John Locke], “§115”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: [] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, [], OCLC 1161614482:
        Satisfy a child by a constant course of your care and kindness, that you perfectly love him, and he may by degrees be accustom'd to bear very painful and rough usage from you, without flinching or complaining

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ReferencesEdit

  • “usage” in R.R.K. Hartmann and Gregory James, Dictionary of Lexicography, Routledge, 1998.
  • Sydney I. Landau (2001), Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press, p 217.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin ūsus + -age. Compare Medieval Latin usagium.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

usage m (plural usages)

  1. usage, use
  2. (lexicography) The ways and contexts in which spoken and written words are actually used, determined by a lexicographer's intuition or from corpus analysis (as opposed to correct or proper use of language, proclaimed by some authority).

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Middle FrenchEdit

NounEdit

usage m (plural usages)

  1. habit; custom

Old FrenchEdit

NounEdit

usage m (oblique plural usages, nominative singular usages, nominative plural usage)

  1. usage; use
  2. habit; custom