main etymology

French word main comes from Proto-Indo-European *mar-, Proto-Indo-European *méh₂r̥, Proto-Indo-European *meh₂-, Proto-Italic *-kaps (-catcher (as a noun), -catching (as an adjective).), Proto-Indo-European *mony-

Detailed word origin of main

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*mar- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*méh₂r̥ Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*meh₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*-kaps Proto-Italic (itc-pro) -catcher (as a noun), -catching (as an adjective).
*mony- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*manus Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Hand.
manus Latin (lat) (Old Latin) good (figuratively) bravery, valor. (figuratively) violence, fighting. (legal) an arrest. (legal) legal power of a man over his wife. (military, nautical) grappling hooks used to snare enemy vessels. A side, part, faction. A stake (in dice). A thrust with a sword. Branch of a tree. Group of people. Group, company, host, multitude of people, especially of soldiers. Hand. [...]
mein Old French (fro)
main Middle French (frm) (anatomy) hand.
main French (fra) (poker) hand. (soccer) handball. Hand.

Words with the same origin as main

Descendants of *mar-
absolument certainement changement clairement comment complètement demander doucement enterrement gouvernement honnêtement justement mandat manger manière manque mentir montagne monter mouvement mémoire normalement précédemment totalement
Descendants of *méh₂r̥
maintenant maintenir management manager manche manier manifeste manille manipule manivelle manucure manuel manuscrit manège masturbation masturber poignard poignet poignée poing répugnant
Descendants of *meh₂-
demain matin mature mûr
Descendants of *-kaps
auparavant communauté commune département municipal part partage partenaire partir premier primaire prime prince