clair etymology

French word clair comes from Proto-Indo-European *kelh₁-, and later Latin clarus (Clear, bright. Renowned, famous. Upstanding, respected.)

Detailed word origin of clair

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kelh₁- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*klāros Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
clarus Latin (lat) Clear, bright. Renowned, famous. Upstanding, respected.
cler Old French (fro) Bright, well-lit, not dark. Clear (visible).
clair French (fra) (of a color) light (having a light shade, not dark). Clear (see-through). Clear (understandable) Clearly Light.
cler Middle French (frm) Bright, well-lit, not dark. Clear (visible).

Words with the same origin as clair

Descendants of *kelh₁-
Clara acclamation calamité calendrier calot clamer clarté concilier conseil déclamation déclamatoire déclarable déclarer exclamation haler haleur lamentable lamenter look proclamation relooking réclamation réconciliable éclairer