Where does the word "essay" came from?

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The word essay comes from the Middle French essai, meaning "trial, attempt, essay".

An essay is known as on to join in the making of meaning and The word "essay" is derived from the French word essayer which is scrapped from exagium or, more accurately.


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The word essay derives from the French infinitive essayer, "to try" or "to attempt". In English essay first meant "a trial" or "an attempt", and this is still an alternative meaning. ... Ben Jonson first used the word essayist in English in 1609, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.