: in truth : certainly

Word History


Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Vulgar Latin *certās, feminine plural accusative (with adverbial value) of Latin certus "fixed, settled, indisputable" — more at certain entry 1

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of certes was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Certes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certes. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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