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- n. A little lady.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A little lady; -- applied by the writers of Queen Elizabeth's time, in the abbreviated form Lakin, to the Virgin Mary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little lady: applied by Elizabethan writers, in the abbreviated form Lakin, to the Virgin Mary.
A diminutive form of this was _by our ladykin_ which was contracted into _by our lakin_.
In the meantime the young ladykin whom the solemn vowing concerned had lingered round the choir screen, as if fearing to enter, yet loth to go away.
"I am ycleped J. Keyser -- I was born at Spring, hys Garden, My father toe make me ane clerke erst did essaye, But a fico for ye offis -- I spurn ye losels offeire; For I fain would be ane butcher by'r ladykin alwaye."
For I fain would be ane butcher by'r ladykin alwaye. "