1727, from French aubaine (12c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from Medieval Latin Albanus, but the sense is obscure. Klein suggests Frankish *alibanus, literally “belonging to another ban.” A right of French kings, whereby they claimed the property of every non-naturalized stranger who died in their realm. Abolished 1819.
Madame aubain resigned herself to the separation from her son because it was unavoidable.
A Simple Soul Gustave Flaubert
Théodore [tey-aw-dawr] /teɪ ɔˈdɔr/ (Show IPA), 1829–86, French poet. Historical Examples By the school of the so-called Félibres, of whom Mistral and Aubanel are the chief. A Short History of French Literature George Saintsbury Through Roumanille he came to know Aubanel, Croustillat, and others. Frdric Mistral Charles Alfred Downer Some others of the Félibres, even […]
a river in N France, flowing NW to the Seine. 125 miles (200 km) long. a department in NE France. 2327 sq. mi. (6025 sq. km). Capital: Troyes. Historical Examples Aube now began to push back the iron bolt of the street door, and when it opened several policemen and an inspector entered. The Son […]
Daniel François Esprit [da-nyel frahn-swa es-pree] /daˈnyɛl frɑ̃ˈswa ɛsˈpri/ (Show IPA), 1782–1871, French composer. Historical Examples Mr. Græme had received from Paris an unpublished opera of Auber’s. A Love Story A Bushman At last Auber spoke, laying a hand on my shoulder: “It is over; let us go ahead.” Shapes that Haunt the Dusk Various […]
an inn; hostel. Historical Examples Even the obtuse faculties of the hostler had been drilled into knowing nothing of any other auberge in the town but his own. Richelieu, v. 3/3 G. P. R. James He married Jacintha, and Josephine set them up in Bigot’s, (deceased) auberge. White Lies Charles Reade We are all at […]