roi fainéant

noun roi fai·né·ant \rə¦wäˌfā(ˌ)nāˈäⁿ, ¦rw-\

Definition of roi fainéant


rois fainéants

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

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Origin and Etymology of roi fainéant

French, faineant king

First Known Use: 1777

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a brief usually trivial fact

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