alnage

noun al·nage \ˈal-nij, ˈȯl-\

Definition of alnage

plural

-s

old English law

  1. :  measurement of cloth by the ell especially with official inspection and certification; also :  a fee for such measurement

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Origin and Etymology of alnage

Middle English aulnage, from Middle French, from aulner to measure by the ell (from aulne ell, of Germanic origin, akin to Old High German elina ell) + -age — more at ell


First Known Use: 15th century


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