plural -s
old English law
: measurement of cloth by the ell especially with official inspection and certification
also : a fee for such measurement

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alnage was in the 15th century

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“Alnage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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