American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cold north wind of the Swiss Alps and nearby regions of France and Italy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dry cold north and northeast wind, prevailing especially in Provence and the Rhône valley, and very destructive to vegetation, so that “to be struck by the bise” has become a proverb in Provence, meaning to be overtaken by misfortune: nearly the same as mistral.
- n. Alternative form of bice (blue pigment)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cold north wind which prevails on the northern coasts of the Mediterranean and in Switzerland, etc.; -- nearly the same as the
- n. (Paint.) See bice.
- n. a dry cold north wind in southeastern France
- Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A wind called the bise had been blowing for the last twenty-four hours, and when we left Vevey the gale was so strong, that the steam-boat had great difficulty in getting ahead.”
“The root of a small creeper called "bise" is dug up and eaten.”
“George W. Bush, but he appeared slightly at sea with the complicated customs regarding the "bise," the kiss on the cheeks often given as a greeting even between relative strangers.”
“Just before his encounter with Dervogne, Obama did not offer the "bise" to Sarkozy's wife Carla, preferring to shake hands formally.”
“Obama is wildly popular in France, in contrast to his predecessor George W. Bush, but he appeared slightly at sea with the complicated customs regarding the "bise," the kiss on the cheeks often given as a greeting even between relative strangers.”
“BTW, when I click on the second photo of the wagon, I get the “rideaux brise-bise” picture instead ...”
“From the social bise and baisemain, or traditional kiss of the hand greeting, to the multiple definitions of seduire, and even the overtly sexual commercials, Sciolino covers them all.”
“Another thing I learned was "faire la bise" -- the traditional Moroccan greeting.”
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