es·​soin i-ˈsȯin How to pronounce essoin (audio)
: an excuse for not appearing in an English law court at the appointed time
obsolete : excuse, delay

Word History


Middle English essoine, from Anglo-French, from essonier to offer an essoin, from es- ex- + *soigne legal excuse, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Saxon sunnea denial, Old English sōth truth — more at sooth

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of essoin was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Essoin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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