Meaning of poissarde in English:

poissarde

noun

historical
  • Any of the Parisian market women who led riots during the French Revolution.

Pronunciation

poissarde

/ˈpwasɑːd/ /ˈpwɑːsɑːd/

Origin

Late 18th century. From French poissarde market woman, fishwife, feminine of †poissard thief from poix pitch (from classical Latin pic-, pix) + -ard, so called because things ‘stick to their fingers’.