from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A state of disuse or inactivity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. disuse, obsolescence (for example, the state of a custom that is no longer observed nor practised)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The cessation of use; disuse; discontinuance of practice, custom, or fashion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Discontinuance of use, practice, custom, or fashion; disuse: as, many words in every language have fallen into desuetude.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of inactivity or disuse
French désuétude, from Latin dēsuētūdō, from dēsuētus, past participle of dēsuēscere, to put out of use : dē-, de- + suēscere, to become accustomed; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French désuétude, from the Latin dēsuētūdo ("disuse"). (Wiktionary)