wap·​pen·​schaw·​ing ˈwa-pən-ˌshȯ(-)iŋ How to pronounce wappenschawing (audio) ˈwä- How to pronounce wappenschawing (audio)
: an inspection or muster of soldiers formerly held at various times in each district of Scotland

Word History


Middle English (northern dialect) wapynschawing, from wapen weapon (from Old Norse vāpn) + schawing, gerund of schawen to show, from Old English scēawian to look, look at — more at weapon, show

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wappenschawing was in the 15th century

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“Wappenschawing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wappenschawing. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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