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Alteration influenced by Medieval Latin indorsare of Middle English endosse, from Old French endosser ‎(to put on back), from Latin dossum, alternative form of dorsum ‎(back),[1] from which also dorsal ‎(of the back). That is, the ‘r’ was dropped in Latin dossum, which developed into Old French and then Middle English endosse, and then the ‘r’ was re-introduced into English via the Medieval Latin indorsare, which had retained the ‘r’; at the same time the ‘e’ (French) was changed to ‘i’ (Latin) (in-, rather than en-). Note that the alternative form endorse is now more common, retaining the restored ‘r’ but reverting to the initial ‘e’, rather than the Latinate ‘i’.


indorse ‎(third-person singular simple present indorses, present participle indorsing, simple past and past participle indorsed)

  1. (Britain, India, rare) Alternative form of endorse

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  1. ^ indorse” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).