Definition of emprise
: an adventurous, daring, or chivalric enterprise
Examples of emprise in a sentence
<he always seems to be having the sort of high emprise that most of us experience only in our dreams>
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Someone who engages in emprises undertakes much, so it's no surprise that "emprise" descends from the Anglo-French word emprendre, meaning "to undertake." It's also no surprise that "emprise" became established in English during the 13th century, a time when brave knights engaged in many a chivalrous undertaking. Fourteenth-century author Geoffrey Chaucer used "emprise" to describe one such knight in "The Franklin's Tale" (one of the stories in The Canterbury Tales): "Ther was a knyght that loved and dide his payne / To serve a lady in his beste wise; / And many labour, many a greet emprise, / He for his lady wroghte er she were wonne."
Origin and Etymology of emprise
Middle English, undertaking, from Anglo-French, from emprendre to undertake, from Vulgar Latin *imprehendere, from Latin in- + prehendere to seize — more at get
First Known Use: 13th century
Rhymes with emprise
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