pounce (1410-11)

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pounce (1410-11)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: *9,582b *punctiare; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  pounce; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  pounce n.1; MED:  pounce n.1; DMLBS: ]
M.E. (?)

As the OED suggest, this word is presumably a shortened form of pounçon, not attested in Continental French. Attestations in Middle English are more frequent and earlier than this single Anglo-Norman usage, which may indicate that the shortening was originally an English phenomenon.


1implementpounce, tool for stamping or embossing a design or mark on metal
( 1410-11 )  [...] et en oultre ceo feust agardé par lez ditez honour seignour et bonez gentz suisditz que, ou les ditz orfeverers apporterent lours touchez et marche issint que lour darrés purroient estre touché ovesqez le pounce come la statut purport; et s’ils n’avoient mi touche ne pounce, q’ils ferroient faire une novell touche et pounce en complisement de justice come le comune ley ent demand  i 75
pounçon  pounçonné 
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