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From Old French alnage, aulnage, French aunage, from Old French alne (ell), of Germanic origin: compare Old High German elina, Gothic 𐌰𐌻𐌴𐌹𐌽𐌰 (aleina, cubit). See ell.


alnage (plural alnages)

  1. Measurement (of cloth) by the ell.
    • 1896, Edwin Arlington Robinson, The Clerks
      Poets and kings are but the clerks of Time,
      Tiering the same dull webs of discontent,
      Clipping the same sad alnage of the years.
  2. A duty paid for such measurement.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for alnage in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)