synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of eau in English

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From Middle English ea, eo, from Old English ēa (running water, water, stream, river), from Proto-Germanic *ahwō (waters, river), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ekʷeh₂ (water, flowing water). Doublet of aqua. Compare ea, yeo. Related to, and spelling influenced by, but not derived from French eau (water).

  • IPA(key): /juː/
  • Homophones: ewe, u, yew, you; hew, hue, Hugh (h-dropping)
  • Rhymes: -əʊ

eau (plural eaus)

  1. (Lincolnshire) Alternative form of ea
  • Present in several river names in Lincolnshire. See List of waterways in Lincolnshire
  • ea
  • Eau
  • yeo
  • EUA, U.A.E., UAE, UEA, Uea

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

  • IPA(key): /ˈeɑu/, [ˈe̯ɑu̯]


  1. water
  • eau-eai (in the water) /eɑu.eɑi/, [ˈe̯ɑu̯.i̯ɑi̯]
  • Steve Gallagher, Peirce Baehr, Bariai Grammar Sketch (2005)

Inherited from Middle French eau, eaue, from Old French ewe, euwe, egua (water), from Latin aqua (water), 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, Franco-Provençal égoua and éva, Occitan aiga, Catalan aigua, Corsican acqua.

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

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
  2. In particular, rain
  3. (chemistry) the chemical compound with molecular formula H2O existing in the form of ice, liquid water or steam
  4. Natural liquid quantities or expanses
  5. Fluids such as sweat, formed and found in the body of man or animal
  • Antillean Creole: dlo
  • Guianese Creole: dilo
  • Haitian Creole: dlo
  • Karipúna Creole French: djilo, dlo
  • Louisiana Creole: dilo
  • Mauritian Creole: dilo
  • Seychellois Creole: delo
  • Tayo: delo, dolo
  • “eau”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
  • eaue

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

eau f (plural eaus or eaux)

  1. water
  • French: eau (see there for further descendants)

eau (Puter)

  1. Alternative form of jau (I)

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