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From Old French chevisance, from chevir. The 'chivalrous adventure' sense is thought to be first used by Edmund Spenser, who incorrectly linked chevisance to Old French chevalerie ‎(chivalry).


chevisance ‎(plural chevisances)

  1. (obsolete) Help, remedy; a resource or solution.
  2. (obsolete) The raising of money; money raised or lent for some purpose.
  3. (obsolete) Chivalrous adventure.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.ix:
      Fortune, the foe of famous cheuisaunce / Seldome (said Guyon) yields to vertue aide, / But in her way throwes mischiefe and mischaunce, / Whereby her course is stopt, and passage staid.
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, Book IV, lxxxi:
      Ah! be it not pardie declared in France, / Or elsewhere told where court'sy is in prize, // That we forsook so fair a chevisance, / For doubt or fear that might from fight arise.
  4. (obsolete) A bargain or contract; an agreement about a matter in dispute, such as a debt; a business compact.
  5. (obsolete) An unlawful agreement or contract.

Old French[edit]


chevisance f ‎(oblique plural chevisances, nominative singular chevisance, nominative plural chevisances)

  1. sustenance