from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Love; gallantry.
  • noun A mistress.
  • noun A love-token; a gift, especially a jewel or other precious object.


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  • (noun) - (1) Gallantry, courtship; love, delight; from French drue, a mistress.

    --Herbert Coleridge's Oldest Words in the English Language, 1863

    (2) Love, especially sexual love, love-making, courtship; often, illicit love. A beloved person, sweetheart. A love-token, keepsake, gift. In Scotland, confused with dowery. A beloved, prized, or precious thing; a treasure.

    --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1897

    January 16, 2018