Origin of merciFrench
The definition of merci is thank you in French.
An example of merci is what is said when someone helps you in France.
- (French, colloquial) thank you
French merci (“thank you")
- While many English speakers have adopted the French word 'merci' into English, saying things like 'Mercy Buckets', the pronunciation of 'merci' should be approximated as 'mair-SEE'.
- If you are speaking with somebody very familiar and known to you, such as a close friend, you would say: 'merci à toi', which is pronounced 'mare-see ah TWA'.
- The most general translation of 'Thank you' is 'merci', and while it is possible to add a form of 'you' after the word 'merci', this is not a very common phrase.
- His Belle Dame sans merci was translated into English by Sir Richard Ros about 1640, with an introduction of his own; and Clement Marot and Octavien de Saint-Gelais, writing fifty years after his death, find many fair words for the old poet, their master and predecessor.
- The French word, except in such phrases as Dieu merci, sans merci, is principally used in the sense of "thanks," and is seen in the old English expression "gramercy," i.e.