fardel

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

A corruption of Middle English ferthe del (literally fourth part), equivalent to fourth +‎ deal. Cognate with Dutch vierendeel (a fourth part, quarter), German Viertel (a quarter, fourth), Danish fjerdedel (a quarter), Swedish fjärdedel (a fourth, quarter).

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Noun[edit]

fardel (plural fardels)

  1. A fourth part; a quarter.
    a fardel of land

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English fardel, from Old French fardel (pack, bundle), from Spanish fardel, diminutive of fardo (pack, bundle), from Arabic [script needed] (fardah, a package).

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Noun[edit]

fardel (plural fardels)

  1. (obsolete) a bundle or burden
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act 3, Scene 1, 1843, J. Payne Collier (editor), The Works of William Shakespeare, page 261,
      Who would fardels bear
      to grunt and sweat under a weary life []
    • 1855 [1606], Henry Middleton, ‎Bolton Corney (editor), The Voyage of Sir Henry Middleton to Bantam and the Maluco Islands, page 13 (of Appendix),
      It doth also appear by the abbreviate of the accounts sent home out of the Indies, that there remained in the hands of the agent, master Starlcey, 482 fardels of calicos, viz.: 8 canisters of pintados, and 117 fardels of checkered stuffs, 51 fardels of of long malow girdles, [] .

Verb[edit]

fardel (third-person singular simple present fardels, present participle fardelling, simple past and past participle fardelled)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To make up in fardels.
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