misericord

noun

mi·​ser·​i·​cord mə-ˈzer-ə-ˌkȯrd How to pronounce misericord (audio)
-ˈser-
variants or less commonly misericorde
: a small projection on the bottom of a hinged church seat that gives support to a standing worshipper when the seat is turned up

Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin misericordia seat in church, from Latin, mercy, from misericord-, misericors merciful, from misereri + cord-, cor heart — more at heart

First Known Use

circa 1515, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misericord was circa 1515

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Cite this Entry

“Misericord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misericord. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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