Definition of puissance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpwiːsɒ̃s//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpwɪsəns//
    Equine sports
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  1. 1Puissance [singular] a competition in showjumping to test a horse’s ability to jump high fences See related entries: Equine sports
  2. 2[uncountable] (literary) great power or influence
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in sense (2)): from Old French, ‘power’, from puissant ‘having power’, from Latin posse ‘be able’. Sense 1 dates from the 1950s.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: puissance