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- n. Measurement (of cloth) by the ell.
- n. A duty paid for such measurement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Measurement (of cloth) by the ell; also, a duty for such measurement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A measuring by the ell; specifically, official inspection and measurement of woolen cloth for the purpose of laying duties on it. Also spelled alenage, ulnage.
Old French alnage, aulnage, French aunage, from Old French alne ell, of Germanic origin: compare Old High German elina, Gothic aleina, cubit. See ell. (Wiktionary)