French base ceindre

Dictionary entry: ceindre

Kevin Cohen

Another sense of the word: to don.
“Pour son amour je ceins dague et bouclier” (Villon)

ceindre la couronne : to ascend to the throne
  • DrD

    Senior Member
    Dictionary Editor
    England English

    Thank you for your message. This doesn't fit the current sense we have of ceindre, which is quite specific, and definitely seems to be 'to encircle', rather than 'to don'.

    From a quick look in monolingual dictionaries, there does seem to be a sense relating to weapons, which might be better translated by 'take up', but I'd have to look into it a little further. However, before I can do that, I will have to pass this message to @Lacuzon to see if he would like to add that sense to our FR base, and if he would also like to add 'ceindre la couronne' as a compound.