From Middle English frith, from Old English friþ, friþu (“peace, tranquility, security, refuge”), from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (“peace, reconciliation”), from Proto-Indo-European *priHós (“beloved, happy”). Cognate with Dutch vrede (“peace, quiet, tranquility”), German Frieden (“peace, tranquility”), Swedish frid (“peace, serenity”), Icelandic friður (“peace, tranquility”). Related to free.
- (rare or archaic) Peace; security.
- (obsolete) Sanctuary, asylum.
From Middle English frithien, from Old English friþian (“to give frith to, make peace with, be at peace with, cherish, protect, guard, defend, keep, observe”), from Proto-Germanic *friþōną (“to make peace, secure, protect”), from Proto-Indo-European *prēy-, *prāy- (“to like, love”). Cognate with Scots frethe, freith (“to set free, liberate”), Danish frede (“to have peace, protect, inclose, fence in”), Swedish freda (“to cover, protect, quiet, inclose, fence in”), Icelandic friða (“to make peace, preserve”).
From Middle English frith, firth (“forest, game preserve”), from Old English fyrhþe, Old English fyrhþ (“forest, sparse woodland, game preserve”), from Proto-Germanic *furhiþą, *furhiþō (“fir-wood, forest”), from Proto-Indo-European *perkʷu- (“coniferous forest, mountain forest, wooded height”). Cognate with Old High German forst, foreht (“forest”), Old Norse fýri (“pine-wood, coniferous forest”), Old English fyrh (“fir, pine”), Latin quercus (“oak”). More at forest.
- a wood, woodland, forest; undergrowth, brushwood
- Alternative form of firth
- (Britain) A kind of weir for catching fish.
frith was also found in the following language(s): Old Danish, Scottish Gaelic, and Welsh