American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fur, probably squirrel, much used in medieval times to line and trim robes.
- n. Heraldry A representation of fur.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of fur in use in the middle ages. It is generally assumed to have been the skin of a small animal, such as the gray squirrel, of which the back is gray and the belly white. Compare
- n. In heraldry, one of the furs. See tincture, 2. It is represented as in the illustration, except that the number of rows is not positively fixed. Compare
- n. archaic A type of fur from a squirrel with a black back and white belly, much used on garments in the Middle Ages.
- n. heraldry An heraldic fur formed by a regular tessellation of blue and white bell shapes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The skin of the squirrel, much used in the fourteenth century as fur for garments, and frequently mentioned by writers of that period in describing the costly dresses of kings, nobles, and prelates. It is represented in heraldry by a series of small shields placed close together, and alternately white and blue.
- From Old French vair, veir, from the accusative singular masculine form of Latin varius ("variegated"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, variegated, vair, from Latin varius, variegated. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But me luvz teh rain vair much so I don't mind if it doesn't!”
“It is a land of mountains and forests, where there are to be found the animals called vair , ermine, and sable.”
“In these laws sable is called vair, and it has been asserted that Perrault marked the dignity conferred upon Cinderella by the fairy's gift of a slipper of vair, a privilege confined to the highest rank of princesses.”
“Cinderella's famous slipper was made of "vair," which, through a misapprehension in being translated”
“She was idly wondering what a "vair" might be when her dreams were crashed into by mother's reproving voice: "Missy, what are you doing?”
“If I was smart like Joe I would be restoring vintage caddy, not vintage vair.”
“I can't say it's the best crossover recording "ever made," but I do love Die Singphoniker's "Serenade" (they sing a bunch of Beatles songs as well as "Zair vair bells on zhu hill" from "The Music Man") 3.”
“Nor does it seem to be a case of mishearing, with Perrault writing verre for vair when transcribing an oral account, since vair, a medieval word, was no longer used in his time.”
“Vair, variegated fur, from the Latin varius, varied, also is a root of miniver, originally menu vair, small vair, which referred initially to the fur — perhaps squirrel — used as trim on medieval robes and later was applied to the prized ermine, or winter weasel fur, on the ceremonial robes of peers.”
“Sinjáb is Persian for the skin of the grey squirrel (Mu. lemmus, the lemming), the meniver, erroneously miniver, (menu vair) as opposed to the ermine = (Mus Armenius, or mustela erminia.)”
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