galoshes

\ \ [14] In modern terms, galoshes might be etymologically rendered as ‘little French shoes’. The word comes from Old French galoche, which was an alteration of late Latin gallicula. This in turn was a diminutive form of Latin gallica, short for gallica soleaGallic sandal, sandal from Gaul’ (the name Gaul, incidentally, and the Latin-based Gallic [17], come ultimately from prehistoric Germanic *walkhozforeigners’, which is related also to Walloon, walnut, and Welsh). The term galosh was originally used in English for a sort of clog; the modern sense ‘overshoe’ did not develop until the early 19th century.
\ \ Cf.GALLIC, WALLOON, WALNUT, WELSH

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  • galoshes — mid 14c., kind of footwear consisting of a wooden sole fastened onto the foot with leather thongs, perhaps from O.Fr. galoche (sing.), from L.L. gallicula, dim. of gallica (solea) a Gallic (sandal) [Klein]. Alternative etymology [Barnhart, Hatz.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • galoshes — UK [ɡəˈlɒʃɪz] US [ɡəˈlɑʃəz] noun [plural] special rubber shoes that you wear over ordinary shoes to protect them when it rains Thesaurus: shoes, boots and slippershyponym …   Useful english dictionary

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  • galoshes — [14] In modern terms, galoshes might be etymologically rendered as ‘little French shoes’. The word comes from Old French galoche, which was an alteration of late Latin gallicula. This in turn was a diminutive form of Latin gallica, short for… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • galoshes — [[t]gəlɒ̱ʃɪz[/t]] N PLURAL Galoshes are waterproof shoes, usually made of rubber, which you wear over your ordinary shoes to prevent them getting wet …   English dictionary

  • galoshes — (Roget s IV) pl.n. Syn. overshoes, rubbers, arctics, boots; see boot 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • galoshes — ga|losh|es [gəˈlɔʃız US ˈla: ] n [plural] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: galoche, from Latin gallica solea shoe from Gaul , ancient country in Western Europe] old fashioned rubber shoes worn over ordinary shoes when it rains or snows …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • galoshes — ga|losh|es [ gə laʃəz ] noun plural special rubber shoes that you wear over ordinary shoes to protect them when it rains …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • galoshes — n. waterproof shoes ga·losh || gÉ™ lɑʃ / lɒʃ n. overshoe worn in wet weathern. gaiter; overshoe worn in wet weather; legging; clog, wooden shoe …   English contemporary dictionary

  • galoshes — noun (plural) old fashioned rubber shoes worn over ordinary shoes when it rains or snows …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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