puis·​ne ˈpyü-nē How to pronounce puisne (audio)
chiefly British
: inferior in rank
puisne judge
puisne noun

Word History


Anglo-French puisné younger — more at puny

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of puisne was in 1648

Dictionary Entries Near puisne

Cite this Entry

“Puisne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puisne. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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