Definition of Old French in US English:

Old French

noun

  • The French language up to c.1400.

    • ‘The word turns up in Old French as salade and then in late 14th-century English as salad or sallet.’
    • ‘The word entered the English language in the late 14th century from Old French magique.’
    • ‘So determined was Joan to solve the mystery she taught herself Old French and obtained microfilm of the same Guiot manuscript Professor Kibler used for the Penguin Classic.’
    • ‘42 Scholars believe that three copies of the manuscript in Old French may exist, but only one is accessible.’
    • ‘‘Demontrance’ means in Old French the act of showing as well as the object being shown.’

Pronunciation

Old French

/ˌōld ˈfrenCH/