Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The time between; the time between sunrise and noon; specifically, the third hour of the day, or nine o'clock in the morning, according to ancient reckoning; hence, mealtime, because formerly the principal meal was eaten at that hour; also, later, the afternoon; the time between dinner and supper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nine o'clock in the morning; the period from nine o'clock to noon; the canonical hour of terce.
  • n. Noon or afternoon; also, a noon meal.

Etymologies

Old English undern. Cognate with dialectal Dutch onder, dialectal German Untern, dialectal Swedish undarn. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Every story is linked to in the database undern all the keywords it references.

    Scripting News for 10/18/07 « Scripting News Annex

  • So wore the time till Hugh had been gone for twenty and three days, and as they walked the meadows anigh the house about undern, they saw a knight riding down the bent toward them, and presently they knew him for Hugh, and turned and hastened to meet him, so that he was straightway amidst them, and on foot.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • In that country and in Ethiopia, and in many other countries, the folk lie all naked in rivers and waters, men and women together, from undern of the day till it be past the noon.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Kreis slipped the ball inside the penalty area to Bobby Rhine, who moved through the defense before putting a shot undern

    Major League Soccer - Los Angeles vs. Dallas

  • She was most devout and had more fervour of devotion between undern and noon than any other time, because she would that in the hour that Jesu Christ was crucified in the altar of the cross, that her heart should be sacrificed to God our Lord.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 6

  • So they went by frith and fell, by wood and fair ways, till in two days 'time they were come by undern within sight of the Castle of the Outer March, and entered into the street of the thorpe aforesaid; and they saw that there were no folk therein and at the house-doors save old carles and carlines scarce wayworthy, and little children who might not go afoot.

    Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair

  • He battled with the dragon from prime till undern, and on from undern until evensong, but for all the dragon was so strong and his hide so flinty Sir Guy overcame him, and thrust his sword down the dragon's throat, and having cut off his head brought it to King Athelstan.

    Legends That Every Child Should Know; a Selection of the Great Legends of All Times for Young People

  • Fēða eal gesæt; gesāwon þā æfter wætere wyrm-cynnes fela, sellīce sǣ-dracan sund cunnian, swylce on næs-hleoðum nicras licgean, þā on undern-mǣl oft bewitigað

    Beowulf

  • Fêða eal gesät; gesâwon þâ äfter wätere wyrm-cynnes fela, sellîce sæ-dracan sund cunnian, swylce on näs-hleoðum nicras licgean, þâ on undern-mæl oft bewitigað

    Beowulf

  • So they went by frith and fell, by wood and fair ways, till in two days 'time they were come by undern within sight of the Castle of the Outer

    Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair

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