cor·​o·​dy | \ ˈkȯr-ə-dē How to pronounce corody (audio) , ˈkär- \
variants: or
plural corodies

Definition of corody

: an allowance of provisions for maintenance dispensed as a charity

First Known Use of corody

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corody

Middle English corody, corrodie "allowance for food, lodging, etc., granted by a religious house or other body as an annuity," borrowed from Anglo-French corrodie, borrowed from Medieval Latin corrodium, variant of conredium, corredium, conregium, noun derivative of Vulgar Latin *conrēdāre "to make provision for," whence Old French conreer "to prepare, dress, equip" — more at curry entry 1

Note: The Medieval Latin word, attested from at least the tenth century with many variants, must have been formed early enough to preserve the internal -d- of the source, which was lost in Gallo-Romance; variants with -g- instead of -d- were presumably guesses at the sound's identity after -d- was lost. The second -o- of corrodium may reflect Old French nominal forms such as conroi with rounding of the vowel nucleus.

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“Corody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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