The Alternative Old French Dictionary: putain

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putain etymology From pute with the suffix -ain, -aine;s=250681320;, or from vl putta/*puttāna, from Latin puta. Compare Old Provençal putana. Latin putta is attested in the sixth century (Gregory of Tours). The change of meaning from "girl" to "prostitute" is due to euphemism, a process that is well known to other periods and languages.{{R:Nocentini|hw=puttana}}
noun: {{fro-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) whore, prostitute
  • French: pute, putain

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