Travail definition

trə-vāl, trăvāl
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Travail is defined as very hard work, especially painful work or work that requires a lot of labor.

An example of travail is a job that requires physical labor for 10 straight hours.

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Tribulation or agony; anguish.
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To work strenuously; toil.
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The labor of childbirth.
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Work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort; toil.
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To have labor pains; suffer the pains of childbirth.
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(archaic) Arduous or painful exertion; excessive labor, suffering, hardship. [from 13th c.]
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Specifically, the labor of childbirth. [from 13th c.]
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To toil.
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To go through the labor of childbirth.
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To be in the labor of childbirth.
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Very hard work; toil.
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Labor pains; pains of childbirth.
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Hardship; trouble.
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To work very hard; toil.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
travail
Plural:
travails, travaux

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").

    From Wiktionary