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emprise

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noun em·prise \em-ˈprīz\

Definition of emprise

  1. :  an adventurous, daring, or chivalric enterprise



Examples of emprise in a sentence

  1. <he always seems to be having the sort of high emprise that most of us experience only in our dreams>



Did You Know?

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 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


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