Etymologie [ sha-'grEn, sh&- ] (noun.) 1677. 1677, French chagrin, from Turkish sağrı. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2008.“” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online.Webster's New World College Dictionary 2010 However, the etymology of French chagrin is complex and disputed, likely of Germanic origin – whether there was any influence between an existing French word of Germanic origin and a Turkish loan is unclear.