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Middle-English Word of the Day - February 6, 2008

Avaunt (n.) - a boast (also as "vaunt").

But sires, by youre leve, that am nat I.
For, God be thanked! I dar make avaunt,
I feele my lymes stark and suffisaunt
To do al that a man bilongeth to;

- Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury tales (1387-1394)

Pronunciation: /AvOnt/

/A/ a in father
/v/ v in very
/O/ o in cloth
/n/ n in no
/t/ t in tie

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
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