proface

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French bon prou vous fasse (may [it] do you much good)

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proface

  1. (obsolete) A familiar salutation or welcome offered by a host before a meal or drinks are served.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act V, Scene 3,[1]
      Sweet sir, sit; I’ll be with you anon; most sweet sir, Master Page, good Master Page, sit. Proface! What you want in meat, we’ll have in drink.
    • 1602, Thomas Heywood, A pleasant conceited comedie, wherein is shewed, how a man may chuse a good wife from a bad, London: Mathew Lawe,[2]
      Gloria deo, sirs proface,
      Attend me now whilst I say grace.
    • 1612, Thomas Dekker, If it be not good, the Diuel is in it, London: John Trundle,[3]
      Thankes be giuen for flesh and fishes,
      With this choice of tempting dishes:
      To which proface: with blythe lookes sit yee,
      Rush bids this Couent, much good do’t yee.

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