retenue etymology

Middle English word retenue comes from Latin teneo, Latin re-, and later Old French retenir (To keep; to retain.)

Detailed word origin of retenue

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
teneo Latin (lat) (of laws) I am binding on; bind, hold, obligate. (reflexive) I keep back, remain, stay, hold position. I comprise, contain, include, hold. I hold fast, restrain, detain, check, control; bind, fetter. I hold, have; grasp. I insist, uphold. I know, grasp, understand, conceive. I possess, occupy, control. I reach, attain; gain, acquire, obtain. I recollect, retain knowledge of, remember, bear [...]
re- Latin (lat) Again; prefix added to various words to indicate an action being done again, or like the other usages indicated above under English.. Back, backwards.
retineo Latin (lat) I hold fast, maintain, preserve, protect, guard, retain.. I hold in check, repress, check, stop, stay.. I keep or hold back, detain, restrain, retain, confine, contain; delay.
*retenīre Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
*retino Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
retenir Old French (fro) To keep; to retain.
retenue Old French (fro)
retenue Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as retenue

Descendants of teneo
absteinen abstenen absteynen abstinent apperteinen contencion continuel rein retencioun reyn reyne tente
Descendants of re-
rabeten re- redimer redolent regraten regreten regretten rejecten remedie remembren remewen repairen repellen replien resolven respiracioun respounse retornen retracten returnen reveue revolven reward