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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The Romance language of medieval France north of the Loire River, on which modern French is based.

Etymologies

French, from Old French : langue, language; see language + de, of; see langue d'oc + oil, yes (ultimately from Latin hoc ille (fēcit), he (did) this : hoc, this; see Occitan + ille, he; see al-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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