Definitions

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  • n. A charge in the form of a teardrop shape, originally with wavy sides, but now often with straight sides.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A drop: used in heraldry with a qualifying term, as d'or, de larmes, etc.

Etymologies

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From Old French goutte

Examples

  • Louis XI spoke of "la goutte d'or" (the golden drop) in the wines, and Mr. Joly has a picture of Louis the XIV touring the vineyards in a chariot.

    Mr. Joly's Particularly Pure Terroir

  • De toutes les messes que l'on fait célébrer pour ces morts, ils ne reçoivent pas plus qu'une goutte d'eau.

    Les Anges et les Âmes du Purgatoire

  • Notre travail n'est qu'une goutte dans un seau, mais cette goutte est nécessaire.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Taking up a little tumbler, in shape like those from which French postilions used to drink la goutte, he inspected it narrowly, wiped out the interior with his forefinger, filled it to the brim, and offered it to his guest28 with a bow.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • "No, no, the 'petit goutte' 's better -- try that flask."

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851

  • _Du sang nous en avons tous dans nos veines_, was the opening of his speech, _et que nous en devons répandre puisque la dernière goutte_, etc., etc.

    The Letter-Bag of Lady Elizabeth Spencer-Stanhope — Volume 1

  • Of Shakespeare notably, of Jonson less, of Marlowe (and of Keats to the term of life allowed him), one can say that they se transvasaient goutte à goutte; and in England, which has produced a prodigious number of men of genius and comparatively few works of art, there are not many writers of whom one can say it.

    Philip Massinger

  • Hors de ses livres, où il se transvasait goutte à goutte, jusqu'à la lie, Flaubert est fort peu intéressant ....

    Philip Massinger

  • Et mes yeux goutte à goutte ont imprimé leur trace

    Le Crucifix

  • Regardait goutte à goutte un sang noir s’épancher,

    A la Malibran. Stances

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