from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Lineage, parentage; rank, especially as high or noble.
  • n. A feudal institution that recognizes equality of rights and status between two rulers, and equality in the portions of an inheritance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Equality of condition, blood, or dignity; also, equality in the partition of an inheritance.
  • n. Equality of condition between persons holding unequal portions of a fee.
  • n. Kindred; family; birth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, equality of name, blood, or dignity, but more especially of land in a division among heirs.
  • n. The portion which a woman may obtain on her marriage.
  • n. Birth; family; kindred; descent.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman parage, perage, Old French parage, from pair ("equal") + -age.



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  • "The Count lauded the men of Avignon for the way they had welcomed him, and promised them "the high esteem of all Christendom and of your own country; for you are bringing back chivalry, and Joy, and Parage.""

    Arriving in Avignon by Daniël Robberechts, translated by Paul Vincent, p 65 of the Dalkey Archive Press paperback

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