One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or designating a French Canadian, especially a francophone Québecois descended from the original French settlers.
A pure laine Canadian.
1990s; earliest use found in The New York Times. From Canadian French pure laine (also occasionally as pur laine) genuine, authentic, French-Canadian, lit. ‘pure wool’ from pure, feminine of pur + laine wool.
pure laine/ˌpjʊə ˈleɪn/
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