An example of debris is broken glass left in the road after a car accident.
Origin of debris
- French débris from Old French debrisier to break to pieces de- intensive pref. de– brisier to break (from Vulgar Latin brīsāre to press grapes) (probably of Celtic origin)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Borrowing from French débris, itself from dé- (“de-”) + bris (“broken, crumbled”), or from Middle French debriser (“to break apart”), from Old French debrisier, itself from de- + brisier (“to break apart, shatter, bust”), from Frankish *brestan (“to break violently, shatter, bust”), from Proto-Germanic *brestaną (“to break, burst”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrest- (“to separate, burst”). Cogante with Old High German bristan (“to break asunder, burst”), Old English berstan (“to break, shatter, burst”). More at burst.