Origin of word “Counterfeit”

The English word “counterfeit” shows up in the language around 1250-1300, the time of so-called Middle English.  The word then was “countrefeten.”  This word, in turn, came from Middle French, where the word was “contrefait” or “contrefaire,” which meant to imitate an original article in a drawing or painting.

3 comments on “Origin of word “Counterfeit”

  1. ROBERT S. ANSELMO
    May 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Mr. Holmes, I have a 30 year background in anti-counterfeiting technologies that may be of assistance in protecting your clients. Contact me if you need further information.

    • Rob Holmes
      May 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      Hey man. Will do!

  2. Wendell Smith
    January 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    Very interesting note re Counterfeit
    Now if we could just drop the second “e”
    i could type a few more words per minute!

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