dif·​fi·​cile ˌdē-fi-ˈsēl How to pronounce difficile (audio)

Word History


borrowed from French, "difficult," going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin difficilis — more at difficulty

First Known Use

1536, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of difficile was in 1536

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Cite this Entry

“Difficile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/difficile. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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