entretenir etymology

French word entretenir comes from Old French entre (Among; amongst.), Old French tenez

Detailed word origin of entretenir

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
entre Old French (fro) Among; amongst.
tenez Old French (fro)
entretenir Old French (fro) (reflexive, s'entretenir) to support one another.
entretenir Middle French (frm) (transitive) to maintain; to look after.
entretenir French (fra) (reflexive) to have a discussion (with someone). (reflexive) to keep fit. (transitive) to maintain, to look after. (transitive) to support (e.g a family). (transitive, figuratively) to fuel, to keep something going.

Words with the same origin as entretenir

Descendants of entre