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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 (countable and uncountable, 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 Qveene. [], London: [] William Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book II, canto 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