- Old French achateor, achateur, "buyer, provider", derived from achater "buy; provide", from Late Latin accaptare, from ad ("to") + captare ("strive for"). (Wiktionary)
“The official or servile class includes the manciple, or buyer for a fraternity of templars, otherwise called an achatour, whence Cator, Chater a, the Reeve, an estate steward, so crafty that — "Ther nas baillif, ne herde, nor oother hyne, That he ne knew his sleighte and his covyne" and finally the Cook, or Coke — "To boylle the chicknes and the marybones.”
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