Definitions

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  • n. Children dedicated in their early years to the monastic state.
  • n. A class of persons, especially in the Middle Ages, who offered themselves and their property to a monastery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. Children dedicated in their early years to the monastic state.
  • n.pl. A class of persons, especially in the Middle Ages, who offered themselves and their property to a monastery.

Etymologies

Latin, from Latin oblatus. See oblate. (Wiktionary)

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