al·​nage | \ ˈal-nij, ˈȯl- \
plural -s

Definition of alnage

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

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First Known Use of alnage

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Alnage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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