court of piepoudre

court of pie·​pou·​dre
variants: or court of piepowder \ -​ˈpīˌpau̇də(r) \

Definition of court of piepoudre

1 : an English summary court of record incident by the common law to every fair or market to administer justice for commercial injuries at that fair or market
2 : a U.S. small-debts court

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History and Etymology for court of piepoudre

alteration of earlier court of pipowders, from Middle English court of pepowders, from court entry 1 + of + pepowders, pipoudres, plural of pipoudre itinerant trader, from Anglo-French piepoudrous, from Old French pied, pié foot (from Latin ped-, pes) + Anglo-French poudrous dusty, from Old French poudre dust + -ous, -eus -ous

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“Court of piepoudre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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