[opere] (1341)

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[opere] (1341)

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[ FEW: 7,363a opera; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF:  opère 2; TLF: ; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: 2025b opera ]
opre,  oepre, 
pl. oouprus  

The p- form (as opposed to the v of ovre1) is closer to the Latin etymon opera. It is a Latinism that is only attested in Anglo-Norman from the mid-fourteenth century onwards, and almost exclusively in formulaic phrases.


1act, deed
( s.xvin; MS: s.xv1 )  L'autor dit quy vostre entente Mettere devez en ta juvente De toutz pecchez vous retrahere Et bonez oouprus user et faire (M.E. And goud werkys use and doo shal ȝe)  100.16
2occupation(manual) work, task, labour
( 1347-59 )  En .xxxvj. barels de pych achaté as ditz escomers et tylater, pris .iiij. s. du piece, .vij. l. .iij. s. En .xxiiij. barils de tar achaté pur mesmne l'oepre, pris .iij. s. .ij. d. du piece, .lxxvj. s. En .xxiiij. gallons d'oyle achaté pur mesme le opre, pris .xij. d. du galon, .xxiiij. s.  iii 145 (PRO E101/25/32 m.3)
pur Deu et en opere de charité
1lawfor God and by way of charity (a standard formula ending a legal petition)
( 1397 )  pur Dieu et en oepre de charité  339
( 1401-02; MS: s.xv1 )  pur Dieu et en eopre de charitee  392.40
( 1442 )  [...] et ceo pur Dieu, et in opre de charité  v 62
mettre en opere
1lawto put into effect
( 1341 )  [...] par quei vous covient moustrer ascune certeine chose estre mys en oepre qe purreit estre ratifié  15 Ed III 133
( 1346 )  Nous avoms moustré la composicion estre mys en oepre  20.1 Ed III 183
operation  operer#1  operer#2  ovre#1 
This is an AND2 Phase 4 (N-O/U-P-Q) entry. © 2013-17 The Anglo-Norman Dictionary. All rights reserved. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom.