Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In law, a surety for a prisoner's appearance in court at a future day; one who gives mainprise for another: differing from bail in that the mainpernor could not imprison or surrender the prisoner before the day appointed. See mainprise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) A surety, under the old writ of mainprise, for a prisoner's appearance in court at a day.

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  • noun law A surety, under the old writ of mainprise, for a prisoner's appearance in court at a day.

Etymologies

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From Old French main (hand) + pernor, for preneor, a taker, French preneur, prendre (to take)

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  • see maineprise

    March 28, 2008

  • "He was subsequently retained by the duchy of Lancaster and by the duke of York, whose councilor he became, and for whom he was acting as a mainpernor by bill of the treasurer (Salisbury) at Westminster on 19 July 1454 (as of Middleham) with Witham (in his capacity as chancellor of the Exchequer), as of London."

    —A. J. Pollard, Warwick the Kingmaker: Politics, Power and Fame (London: Hambledon Continuum, 2007), 87.

    April 22, 2014