Definition of longueur
longueursplay \lȯŋ-ˈgərz, lōⁿ-ˈgœr(z)\
: a dull and tedious portion (as of a book) —usually used in plural
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Recent Examples of longueur from the Web
Departure might be further impelled by the production’s longueurs as Arden and his actors mistake non-expression for ’50s-era British reserve.
The recitatives that had been thought to be the opera’s longueurs here were shown to be, in fact, as subtly inflected as Gregorian chant.
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You've probably come across long, tedious sections of books, plays, or musical works before, but perhaps you didn't know there was a word for them. English speakers began using the French borrowing longueurs in the late 18th century. In French, "longueurs" are tedious passages, and "longueur" literally means "length." The first recorded use of "longueur" in English comes from the writer Horace Walpole, who wrote in a letter, "Boswell's book is gossiping;. . . but there are woful longueurs, both about his hero and himself."
Origin and Etymology of longueur
French, literally, length
First Known Use: 1791See Words from the same year
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Definition of longueur for English Language Learners
: a boring part of something (such as a book or play)
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