Middle French

Middle French (French: moyen français) is a historical division of the French language that covers the period from the 14th to the 16th century.[1][2] It is a period of transition during which:

  • the French language became clearly distinguished from the other competing Oïl languages, which are sometimes subsumed within the concept of Old French (l'ancien français)
  • the French language was imposed as the official language of the kingdom of France in place of Latin and other Oïl and Occitan languages
  • the literary development of French prepared the vocabulary and grammar for the Classical French (le français classique) spoken in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Middle French
françois, franceis
RegionFrance
Eraevolved into Modern French by the early 17th century
Early form
Language codes
ISO 639-2frm
ISO 639-3frm
Glottologmidd1316