auncel

noun aun·cel \ˈȯnsəl, ˈä-\

Definition of auncel

plural

-s

  1. :  a medieval English balance for weighing or a weight used in medieval England

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Origin and Etymology of auncel

Middle English, from Anglo-French auncelle, perhaps alteration (resulting from incorrect division into definite article l' + noun) of (assumed) Old French lancelle, from Old Italian lancella small balance, from lance balance (from Latin lanc-, lanx plate, scalepan) + -ella (from Latin) — more at balance


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