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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 2, 2008

Stevene (n.) - voice, command, note, time of performing any action (also as "steuene").

ffor syn that tyme full well I wote,
The stevyn of angell voce it smote,
And rang now in myn ere;
A selcouth thyng is me betyde.

- Anonymous: The Towneley plays (1460)

Pronunciation: /stEvEn/

/s/ s in hiss
/t/ t in tie
/E/ e in met
/v/ v in very
/n/ n in no

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

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