longueur

play
noun lon·gueur \lȯŋ-ˈgər, lōⁿ-ˈgœr\

Definition of longueur

plural

longueurs

play \lȯŋ-ˈgərz, lōⁿ-ˈgœr(z)\
  1. :  a dull and tedious portion (as of a book) —usually used in plural

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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


LONGUEUR Defined for English Language Learners

longueur

play
noun

Definition of longueur for English Language Learners

  • : a boring part of something (such as a book or play)


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