bancal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Spanish; see abancalar

Noun[edit]

bancal (plural bancales)

  1. An ornamental covering, as of carpet or leather, for a bench or form.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 bancal in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Occitan bancal, from Medieval Latin bancalis, from the base of Proto-Germanic *bankiz + -alis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bancal (feminine singular bancale, masculine plural bancals, feminine plural bancales)

  1. bandy-legged (of person)
  2. rickety, wobbly (of table etc.)
  3. shaky, unclear, illogical

Further reading[edit]


Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Attested since the 14th century. From banco (bench) +‎ -al.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bancal m (plural bancais)

  1. bancal
    • 1326, López Ferreiro, Antonio (ed.): Galicia Histórica. Colección diplomática. Santiago: Tipografía Galaica, page 295:
      mando esta mia cama assy como iaz con sous panos et con suas cortinas et ceo et con sous alfamares et con los outros destalos que eu trago comunalmente pela terra et con vn pano uerde et un tapete sen bançaes
      I bequeath this my bed, as it is, with its clothes and with its curtains and ceiling and with its quilts and with the other rugs that I have usually in the ground and with a green cloth and a tablecloth, no bancals

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • bancal” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • bançaes” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • bancal” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • bancal” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • bancal” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

bancal m (plural bancales)

  1. plot (of land, for planting)

Venetian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

bancal m (plural bancałi)

  1. pallet
  2. sill, windowsill