Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
: strength, power
Keep scrolling for more
energy, force, might, muscle, potency, power, sinew, strength, vigor
impotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness
Recent Examples on the Web
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'puissance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
15th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English, from Anglo-French pussance, puissance, from pussant able, powerful, from poer to be able, be powerful — more at power
Resources for puissance
puis darrein continuance
Time Traveler for puissance
See more words from the same century
More from Merriam-Webster on puissance
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for puissance
Comments on puissance
What made you want to look up puissance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
a generally accepted meaning of a word
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
Etymology on the cutting edge.
A look at its gassy origins
Words from the week of 10/12/2018
Smart advice on modifying adjectives
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
Words to improve your Scrabble game
Do you know which word is older?
A game of winding words.