French leave


Definition of French leave

  1. :  an informal, hasty, or secret departure

Origin and Etymology of french leave

from an 18th century French custom of leaving a reception without taking leave of the host or hostess

First Known Use: 1751

Learn More about french leave

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up French leave? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).