Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who divides or assigns in shares.
- n. In Scots law: The proprietor of a small feu or portion of land.
- n. The subtenant of a feu; an under-feuar.
- n. Eccles., a person in part possession of a benefice which is occupied by more than one incumbent at a time.
- n. A person who receives a portion or share of something
- n. Scotland The proprietor of a small portion of a larger piece of land; a laird of a small estate
- n. A person, or a machine that delivers, or measures out portions
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who portions.
- n. (Eccl.) See Portionist, 2.
“Mary, and that she had been directed to conduct him so far on the road; and that Ball, her palfrey, had fallen by the way, because he had been over-wrought with carrying home the last melder of meal to the portioner of Langhope; and that she had turned in Ball to graze in the”
“On the gravestones around Melrose Abbey are many names with the avocation added -- John Smith, builder; William Hogg, mason -- but many with the word portioner.”
“This was his brother-in-law, and one of his elders, Mr. Robert Johnston, married to his sister Violet, a merchant and portioner in Biggar, a remarkable man, of whom it is difficult to say to strangers what is true, without being accused of exaggeration.”
“The crafty Lethington, the deep and dark Morton, have held secret council with me, and Grange and Lindsay have owned, that in the field I did the devoir of a gallant knight — but let the emergence be passed when they need my head and hand, and they only know me as son of the obscure portioner of Glendearg.””
“She explained to the publican that this was a great English knight travelling from the Monastery to the court of Scotland, after having paid his vows to Saint Mary, and that she had been directed to conduct him so far on the road; and that Ball, her palfrey, had fallen by the way, because he had been over-wrought with carrying home the last melder of meal to the portioner of Langhope; and that she had turned in Ball to graze in the Tasker's park, near Cripplecross, for he had stood as still as Lot's wife with very weariness; and that the knight had courteously insisted she should ride behind him, and that she had brought him to her kend friend's hostelry rather than to proud Peter”
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