Origin of word “Counterfeit”

December 31, 2009

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 responses to Origin of word “Counterfeit”

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