What Does the Word “Clock” Mean in French and Where Did the Word For a Large Timepiece Come From?

Like cloche in French, the word clock literally means bell.

When the large mechanical clock was invented in the fourteenth century it didn’t tell time with a face and hands, but rather by sounding bells on the hour and eventually the quarter and half-hour.

This time device was named a clock because it told time by sounding bells.

what does the word clock mean in french and where did the word for a large timepiece come from

O’clock, as in twelve o’clock or five o’clock, is an abbreviation for “of the clock,” or “of the bells.”

The word clock today is used for a large timepiece.

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