litster

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English litestere, from liten (to dye) + -stere (see -ster).[1]

Noun[edit]

litster (plural litsters)

  1. (archaic, UK, Scotland) A dyer.
    • 1995, Richard H. Saunders, John Smibert: Colonial America's First Portrait Painter, Yale University Press (1995), ISBN 0300042582, pages 1-2:
      But it was the woolen industry that provided the elder Smibert with a livelihood, for as a litster he spent his days dyeing wool, which was then woven into cloth.
    • 2002, Margaret H. B. Sanderson, A Kindly Place?: Living in Sixteenth-Century Scotland, Tuckwell Press (2002), ISBN 9781862321694, page 122:
      Other women ran businesses that required reliance on a network of suppliers, sometimes of raw materials. Isobel Provand in the Canongate was a litster.
    • 2008, Shona Maclean, The Redemption of Alexander Seaton, Penguin Canada (2010), ISBN 9780143170082, unnumbered page:
      The smell of the tanners' and the litsters' work still hung in the night air, although they had long since gone to their weary beds.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "litster" on merriam-webster.com