roi fainéant

noun
roi fai·​né·​ant | \ rə¦wäˌfā(ˌ)nāˈäⁿ, ¦rw- \
plural rois fainéants\ " \

Definition of roi fainéant

: a do-nothing king especially : one who has delegated or lost his royal power while still reigning

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First Known Use of roi fainéant

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roi fainéant

French, faineant king

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“Roi fainéant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roi%20fain%C3%A9ant. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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