Defeat etymology


English word defeat comes from Old French (842-ca. 1400) des- (De-; dis-.), Old French (842-ca. 1400) faire (To do.)

Etymology of defeat

Detailed word origin of defeat

Dictionary entry Language Definition
des- Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) De-; dis-.
faire Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To do.
desfaire Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To defeat. To undo.
desfait Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
defeat English (en) (transitive) To nullify. (transitive) To overcome in battle or contest.. (transitive) To reduce, to nothing, the strength of. The act of defeating or being defeated.

Words with the same origin as defeat

Descendants of des-

debris despair detour display

Descendants of faire

affair fair