Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Jesseraunt (n.) - a coat or cuirass of fine mail.

Armede hym in a acton with orfraeez full ryche,
Abouen on that a jeryn of Acres owte ouer,
Abouen that a jesseraunt of jentyll maylez,
A jupon of Ierodyn, jaggede in schredez;

- Anonymous: The alliterative Morte Arthure (1440)

Pronunciation: /jEsArOnt/

/j/ y in yellow
/E/ e in met
/s/ s in hiss
/A/ a in father
/r/ r in red
/O/ o in cloth
/n/ n in no
/t/ t in tie

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
As found on Greg Lindahl's website

The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard