Definitions

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  • n. Rank; order; condition; quality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Middle English form of head.
  • A Middle English form of heed.

Etymologies

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From Middle English hede, from Old English *hǣdu, feminine form of Old English hād ("person, individual, character, individuality; degree, rank, order, office; condition, state, nature, form, manner; sex; race, family, tribe; choir"), from Proto-Germanic *haiduz (“appearance, kind”). Cognate with Middle High German heit ("person, order, rank"), Gothic  (haidus, "manner, way"). More at hade.

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