debris etymology

English word debris comes from French dé-, Proto-Germanic *brestaną (To burst, break, sunder, split, crack.), Old French de-, French bris

Detailed word origin of debris

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
dé- French (fra) Used to make antonyms (similar to English prefixes un-, dis-).
*brestaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To burst, break, sunder, split, crack.
de- Old French (fro) Indicating that an action is done more strongly or more vigorously.
bris French (fra)
*bristan Frankish (frk)
*brestan Frankish (frk)
brisier Old French (fro) To break (cause damage to), bust. To break to pieces by a shock or violent blow. To destroy.
briser Middle French (frm)
debrisier Old French (fro) To break.
débris French (fra) Debris.
debris English (eng) (geology) Large rock fragments left by a melting glacier etc.. Litter and discarded refuse.. Rubble, wreckage, scattered remains of something destroyed.. The ruins of a broken-down structure.

Words with the same origin as debris

Descendants of *brestaną
burst bust busted buster
Descendants of de-
deliver detail