Derived from Dutch, it originally
meant "to sail crosswise"; what word is it?
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The word cruise derives from the Dutch kruis, cross.
First in 17th c.; corresponding alike to Du. kruisen to cross,
also since 17th c. to cruise, to sail crossing to and fro, ‘kruyssen op de
Zee, to traverse and cross the seas’ (Hexham, 1678), f. kruis cross, and to
Sp. and Pg. cruzar to cross, to cruise, F. croiser to cross, ‘croiser la mer
to cruise up and down the Sea’ (Miège 1688). The word is thus ultimately
identical with croise v. and cross v.; the current spelling with ui seems to be
after Dutch; but the vowel sound is as in Sp. and Pg.
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