roi fainéant


roi fai·​né·​ant
plural rois fainéants
: a do-nothing king
especially : one who has delegated or lost his royal power while still reigning

Word History


French, faineant king

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of roi fainéant was in 1777

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“Roi fainéant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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