Definition of noyade in English:

noyade

noun

historical
  • An execution carried out by drowning.

    • ‘Although absent from the novel's descriptive chain of images, the noyade makes itself known to the reader by scattered traces throughout the text.’
    • ‘Perhaps 1,800 perished altogether in the noyades, and their bodies were washed up on the tidal banks of the Loire for weeks afterwards.’
    capital punishment, the death penalty, being put to death, killing
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Origin

Early 19th century (referring especially to a mass execution by drowning, carried out in France in 1794): from French, literally ‘drowning’, from the verb noyer, from Latin necare ‘kill without use of a weapon’, later ‘drown’.

Pronunciation

noyade

/nwäˈyäd/