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Middle-English Word of the Day - December 4, 2007

Lemman (n.) - sweetheart, lover (of both sexes), mistress, concubine.

And vigilies and fastyng dayes -- alle thise late I passe,
And ligge abedde in Lenten and my lemman in myne armes
Til matyns and masse be do, and thanne moste to the Freres;
Come I to Ite, missa est I holde me yserved.

- Langland, William: The vision of Piers Plowman (1377-1379)

Pronunciation: /lEmAn/

/l/ l in lily
/E/ e in met
/m/ m in make
/A/ a in father
/n/ n in no

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

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