One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The character of a prudhomme; discretion, trustworthiness and loyalty, especially in relation to one's country or sovereign.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in William Caxton (1415x24–1492), printer, merchant, and diplomat. From Middle French preudhommie from preudhomme + -ie. In later use reborrowed from French.
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