chainse

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From chainsil (a white, fine cloth of linen or hemp).

Noun[edit]

chainse m (oblique plural chainses, nominative singular chainses, nominative plural chainse)

  1. a long women's robe of white linen, worn over the chemise and normally beneath a tunic (bliaut or cote)
    • Chrétien de Troyes, Erec et Enide, c. 1180, ed. Foerster, 402-406:
      Et sa fille qui fu vestue / D'une chemise par panz lee, / Delïee, blanche et ridee. / Un blanc chainse ot vestu dessus; / N'avoit robe ne mains ne plus.

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