By Christopher Corèdon
An curiosity within the heart a while usually brings the non-specialist reader up brief opposed to a be aware or time period which isn't understood or simply imperfectly understood. This dictionary is meant to place an finish to all that - notwithstanding one of these declare is unavoidably rash. in spite of the fact that, it's been designed within the wish that it'll be of genuine support to non-academic readers, and every now and then even perhaps to experts. The dictionary comprises a few 3,400 phrases as headwords, starting from the felony and ecclesiastic to the extra prosaic phrases of way of life. Latin was once the language of the church, legislation and govt, and plenty of Latin phrases illustrated listed here are usually present in smooth books of background of the interval; equally, the correct that means of previous English and center English phrases may perhaps elude latest reader: this dictionary endeavours to supply readability. as well as definition, etymologies of many phrases are given, within the trust that understanding the foundation and evolution of a note supplies a greater understanding....
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Age < L-aticus] – Cf. -AGIUM Agist. To admit livestock into a forest but more usually to pasture for a set time, and/or at a specified cost. The term is still used in Cumbria when sheep farmers move their flocks to lower pasture in winter. [< AN gister = to lodge] – Cf. next Agistment tithe. The *tithe imposed upon the owner of land used for agisting; later, the right to the use of forest land, its *herbage. – Cf. previous; GISEMENT Agistor. Officer in charge of *agistment; an officer who watched over the king’s forests.
The head of a community of nuns; after the Dissolution of the monasteries, the madam of a brothel, a usage which suggests vigorous Protestantism. The Latin form was abbatissa. – Cf. ABBOT Abbey. A community of monks or nuns, governed by an *abbot or *abbess; thus the building of such a community – each was part of one of the monastic orders; after the Dissolution, a church once belonging to such a community. [< OFr. abbeie < L abbatia = abbey, monastery] Abbey lubber. A lubber = an idle person, a sponger.
Ague. Feverish sickness with high fever, perhaps the *sweating sickness or malaria. Severe cases were probably genuine influenza; others, the bad head-cold we persist in calling ’flu. [< L acuta = acute] AH. The Latin abbreviation of Anno Hejira, the year of Mohammed’s flight to Medina, which in the Christian calendar was 622. This year is considered the beginning of the Islamic era and thus of the Islamic calendar. It is analogous to *AD. Aide de la venerie. Lit. ‘helper of the hunt’. AN title for an assistant huntsman, used of young men with some years experience of hunting, with horses of their own.
A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases by Christopher Corèdon