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ballon d'essai

noun

  1. (balloon)  a balloon sent up to test air currents
    Synonyms: trial balloon. Type of: balloon
  2. (trial run)  a test of public opinion
    Synonyms: trial balloon. Type of: trial run

Etymology summary

from French, literally: trial balloon
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

ballon d'essai

a project or policy put forward experimentally to gauge reactions to it (12 of 280 words, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ballon-d-essai

Encarta Dictionary:

trial balloon | trial balloons [plural] | ballon d'essai | ballons d'essai [plural]

a tentative suggestion, proposal, or plan put forward to test opinion or reaction (13 of 26 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861721736​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

ballon d'essai

First use: 19th century

Origin: from French, literally: trial balloon

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ballon-d-essai

Encarta Dictionary:

ballon d'essai

Origin: Old English frencisc from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 561501229​/definition​.html  [offline]

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