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

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of roi fainéant

French, faineant king

First Known Use: 1777

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up roi fainéant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to criticize severely

Get Word of the Day daily email!