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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 28, 2008

Frankeleyn (n.) - freedman, libertinus, also a freeholder.

In feith, squier, thow hast thee wel yquit
And gentilly. I preise wel thy wit,
Quod the frankeleyn, considerynge thy yowthe,
So feelyngly thou spekest, sire, I allow the!

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

Pronunciation: /frAnkElaIn/

/f/ f in fifty
/r/ r in red
/A/ a in father
/n/ n in no
/k/ k in kin
/E/ e in met
/l/ l in lily
/aI/ ai in aisle

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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