General etymology


English word general comes from Middle French general

Etymology of general

Detailed word origin of general

Dictionary entry Language Definition
general Middle French (frm)
generall Old French (fro)
general Anglo-Norman (xno)
general English (en) (sometimes, _, postpositive) Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent. [from 14th c.]. Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. [from 16th c.]. Including or involving every part or member of a given or [...]