counterfeit etymology

English word counterfeit comes from Old French contrefait

Detailed word origin of counterfeit

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
contrefait Old French (fro)
countrefait Anglo-Norman (xno)
counterfeit English (eng) (obsolete) An impostor; a cheat.. (obsolete) That which resembles another thing; a likeness; a portrait; a counterpart.. A non-genuine article; a fake.. One who counterfeits; a counterfeiter. (transitive) To falsely produce what appears to be official or valid; to produce a forged copy of.. (transitive, obsolete) To feign; to mimic.. (transitive, obsolete) To produce a faithful copy of.. [...]