Pronounced: SHAWN-brare, verb

Notes: Ran across this in a Rex Stout book, and didn’t know it, so it showed up here

Yesterday’s word

The word defile means “to march off in a line”


This word comes from French word défiler, a combination of dé- with filer (to move in a column). This French word is also the source of the noun defile, meaning “narrow passage or gorge”.

For those curious about the more common defile that means “to contaminate”, it is an older word, going back to the 1300s. It also comes from French, but its source is defoiller (“to trample”)

First usage

This word was first used in the early 1700s

Published by Richard

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