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swain +‎ mote. Compare Latin swanimotum.


swainmote (plural swainmotes)

  1. (Britain, law, obsolete) A court held before the verderers of the forest as judges, by the steward of the court, three times a year, the swains or freeholders of the forest composing the jury.
    "The court of sweinmote is to be holden before the verderors, as judges, by the steward of the swein-mote, thrice in every year, the sweins or freeholders within the forest composing the jury." 3 William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England 72 (1766).

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for swainmote in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)