Word of the Day : August 15, 2014

rapport

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noun ra-POR

Definition

: relation : especially : relation marked by harmony, conformity, accord, or affinity

Did You Know?

One thing that may occur to you when considering today’s word is its resemblance to an even more common English word, "report." "Report" comes from the French verb "reporter" and "rapport" comes from the French "rapporter." Both verbs mean "to bring back" and can be traced back to the Latin verb "portare," meaning "to carry." "Rapporter" also has the additional sense of "to report," which influenced the original English meaning of "rapport" ("an act or instance of reporting"). That sense of "rapport" dropped out of regular use by the end of the 19th century.


Examples

Once our daughter had developed a rapport with her piano teacher, she began to show some real enthusiasm for learning and practicing the piano.

"In general, the new superintendent will be responsible for promoting the individual identity of each of the parks, and building rapport with members of communities in which the historic sites are located." - Joe L. Hughes II, The Gaffney Ledger (South Carolina), July 11, 2014



Word Family Quiz

What relative of "rapport" (from Latin "portare") means "a flat case for carrying documents or drawings"? The answer is …


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