eau

eau

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English

Etymology

From Middle English ea, eo (with spelling influenced by French eau), from Old English ēa (running water, water, stream, river), from Proto-Germanic *ahwō (waters, river), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ekʷeh₂ (water, flowing water). Compare ea, yeo.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /juː/

Noun

eau (plural eaus)

  1. (Lincolnshire toponymy) A brook or stream.

Anagrams

  • U.A.E., UAE, UEA, Uea

Bariai

Etymology

From Proto-Ngero *i-om (compare Malalamai yu), although the precise form of this word, like Kove and Lusi veao, is unexplained.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈeɑu/, [ˈe̯ɑu̯]

Noun

eau

  1. water

Derived terms

  • eau-eai (in the water) /eɑu.eɑi/, [ˈe̯ɑu̯.i̯ɑi̯]

References

  • Steve Gallagher, ‎Peirce Baehr, Bariai Grammar Sketch (2005)

French

Etymology

From Middle French eau, eaue, from Old French ewe, euwe, egua (water), from Latin aqua (water), from Proto-Italic *akʷā, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ekʷeh₂ (water, flowing water). Cognate with Old English ēa (flowing water, stream, river). More at ea.

See cognates in regional languages in France : Angevin ieau, Bourbonnais-Berrichon aigue or aïe, Bourguignon , Champenois ève or 'aive, Franc-Comtois âve, Gallo iau, Lorrain aoue, Norman iâo, Orléanais iau, Picard ieu, Poitevin-Saintongeais ève, Tourangeau iau, Franco-Provençal égoua and éva, Occitan aiga, Catalan aiga, Corsican acqua.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /o/
  • Rhymes: -o
  • Homophones: au, aux, aulx, eaux, haut, hauts, ho, o, ô, oh, os

Noun

eau f (plural eaux)

  1. Water, a liquid that is transparent, colorless, odorless, and tasteless in its pure form, the primary constituent of lakes, rivers, seas, and oceans.
    • 1951, First Congress on Irrigation and Drainage. Transactions. vol. 2, page 149.
    Il buvait un verre d’eau fraîche.
    He drank a cool glass of water.
    L’eau de mer et l’eau de rivière n’ont pas la même teneur en sel et n’abritent donc pas les mêmes poissons.
    Sea water and river water do not have the same salt content and thus do not harbor the same fish.
  2. In particular, rain.
    Si le vent dure, nous aurons de l’eau.
    If the wind persists, we will have rain.
  3. (chemistry) The chemical compound with empirical formula H2O existing in the form of ice, liquid water or steam.
    L’eau se durcit par le froid et se vaporise par la chaleur.
    Water hardens with cold and vaporises with heat.
  4. Natural liquid quantities or expanses.
    Le soir, ils se baignaient dans les eaux du lac Titicaca.
    In the evening, they bathed in the waters of Lake Titicaca.
  5. Fluids such as sweat, formed and found in the body of man or animal.
    Les vésicatoires font des ampoules pleines d’eau.
    L’eau m'en vint à la bouche.
    That made my mouth water.
    Il s’est échauffé à courir, il est tout en eau.
    He warmed up to run. He's all sweaty.

Derived terms

  • château d’eau
  • chat échaudé craint l'eau froide
  • eau de Javel f
  • eau du robinet
  • eau de Cologne
  • eau lourde

Further reading

  • “eau” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Middle French

Etymology

From Old French euwe, ewe, egua, from Latin aqua.

Noun

eau f (plural eaus or eaux)

  1. water

Descendants

  • French: eau

Romansch

Alternative forms

  • (Rumantsch Grischun) jau
  • (Sursilvan) jeu
  • (Sutsilvan) jou
  • (Surmiran) ia
  • (Vallader) eu

Etymology

From Vulgar Latin *eo, from Latin ego, from Proto-Indo-European *éǵh₂.

Pronoun

eau

  1. (Puter) I

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