Avoir



avoirdupois weight.
Historical Examples

And they set no price by no avoir ne riches, but only of a precious stone, that is amongst them, that is of sixty colours.
The Travels of Sir John Mandeville John Mandeville

But their sole occupation is that conducted under the three great verbs, Prendre; avoir; Quitter.
A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 George Saintsbury

Compare the French “avoir du dégout pour la vie,” “To be out of conceit with life.”
The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2 George Gordon Byron

There was the Norman knight sans avoir, who was one of the chiefs of the first Crusade.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 98, December, 1865 Various

Out of this circumstance grew the proverb or popular saying, “avoir l’air de revenir de Pontoise.”
The Automobilist Abroad M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield

So to my office a little and to Jervas’s again, thinking ‘avoir rencontrais’ Jane, ‘mais elle n’etait pas dedans’.
Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Samuel Pepys

This night je had agreed par’ alter at Deptford, there par’ avoir lain con the moher de Bagwell, but this company did hinder me.
Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Samuel Pepys

Monsr vre père entend bien, ce faisant, avoir sa part en la dite récompense.
Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan and Lorraine, 1522-1590 Julia Cartwright

Yea or yes is derived from the imperative of a verb, avoir to have, as the word is now spelt.
Dissertation on the English Language Noah Webster, Jr.

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