An example of travail is a job that requires physical labor for 10 straight hours.
Other Word Forms
Origin of travail
- Middle English from Old French from travailler to work hard from Vulgar Latin tripāliāre to torture with a tripalium from Late Latin tripālium instrument of torture probably from Latin tripālis having three stakes tri- tri- pālus stake pag- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French travail (“suffering, torment").