loveday

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From love +‎ day.

Noun[edit]

loveday (plural lovedays)

  1. (now historical) A day appointed for a meeting intended to amicably resolve a dispute; also the meeting held on such a day. [from 14th c.]
    • c. 1385, William Langland, Piers Plowman, III:
      She ledeth þe lawe as hire list · and louedayes maketh / And doth men lese þorw hire loue · þat lawe myȝte wynne.
    • 1983, John Bossy, Disputes and Settlements: Law and Human Relations in the West, p. 60:
      legal records cannot provide consistent evidence about lovedays because they were, strictly speaking, outside their terms of reference […].
  2. (chiefly poetical) A day devoted to love. [from 16th c.]