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Searchable Lemmata: relucere (L), reluire (AF), relusaunt (ME), relisaunce (ME), relusant (MdE), relucent (MdE).
Alternate Forms: relisaunse, relucens, reluisante, reluist, relusant, relusauncz, reluseit, relusent.

    Definitions and Defining Citations:

1a(adj.) Other; in origin a verb meaning 'to shine out', used in various contexts; often as a participle adjective describing precious stones, metals, fabrics and clothing, with the senses 'shiny, gleaming, lustrous' etc.(ante 1110 still in current use)
1. tunc canduit intus linea palla miro nitore ac gemmantis planetae relucens tritura Biblical/Hagiographic. [DMLBS GOSC. (Lib. Mild. 19 p. 87) ante 1110]
2. [2144] ... Relusent cil escu e cil helme flamboient ... [2145] ... Le soleil rait e cil haubert blanchoient ... [2160] ... E vermeil gonfanon ataché d’un fresel ... [2164] ... Broche le cheval, l’escu torne en cantel ... [2167] ... Par my l'escu ly met son espié a neel ... [2168] ... De son haubert maillé fausent ly clavel Heroic, Historic, Poetic, Romance. [AND Rom Chev ANTS (2144-2168) circa 1175/1200]
3. La chaine de fin or esteit E a merveille reluseit [AND Mirur (66rb31) circa 1225/1250]
4. Matilda Bakere, gurdlestere ... Keverchiefs relusauncz Accounts, Legal. [MED Plea & Mem.R.Lond.Gildh. (244) 1377]
5. I se3 by3onde þat myry mere A crystal clyffe ful relusaunt; Mony ryal ray con fro hit rere. Philosophy, Poetic. [MED Pearl ((Nero A.10) 159) circa 1380]
AF, L, ME, MdE; Primarily N/A.
Sex: N/A    Use: n/a    Status: n/a    Rank: n/a    Ceremonial: No
Body Parts: N/A.
1b(adj.) Decoration; to be resplendent, especially in fine clothing or armour.(circa 1175 - circa 1200)
1. S'il ui reluist en sa purprine, Ne set se demein iert vermine Biblical/Hagiographic. Referring to the Roman Emperor. [AND S Cath (1647) ante 1175/1200]
Sex: Male, Female    Status: High    Ceremonial: No
Body Parts:
2(n.) Textile; a lightweight cloth, probably shiny or lustrous in nature. Especially associated with coverchiefs (cf. sense 1a above).(circa 1362 - circa 1450)
1. couv[er]chif’: crispes, cambrey, relusanz, cipre, boillez Accounts. [LexP NA [PRO] E 101/394/9 (m. 6b) 1362/1363]
2. [6] volettez [of] Cambr, [3 s. 6 d.] ... [One piece of red] relisaunce [of 3] purl, [2 s.; 7 pieces] relisaunce [of] purl [at 2 s. the piece] ... [10] pli3t Crymyll [of silk at 10 s. each] ... [4 pieces of] spynall [containing 210 ells at 2 d. the ell] Accounts, Legal. (citations from individual page of text may not appear in original order) [MED Plea & Mem.R.Lond.Gildh. (225-6) 1394]
3. i couple damask' cremesyn' continent' xxii vergas; xv couples damask' diversorum colorum continent' xlix pecias ... xvii pec[iis] kerch[efs] de cotton' ... xxii pec[iis] kerch[efs] de relisaunse(citations from individual page of text may not appear in original order) [MED in Gras Eng.Cust.Syst. (512-514) 1420/1421]
4. The forhede playn and wommanysshe To discryue my hert slepyth for faut of englysshe; Whitter of hir self then ermyn or plesaunce, Vmple, lawn, reynez, or relisaunce ... o thyng pynchyd lyke a nonnys wymple, Ne forowyd drye lyke a nabbesse gymple Poetic. [MED When the son ((Frf 16) 325-326) circa 1450]
Ceremonial: No
Body Parts: N/A.

    Etymological Evidence:

Definite, Anglo-French and Old French reluire, relure, from CL relucere 'to shine out, reflect'. Often found in participle forms, used adjectivally ('shining') and hence to ME relusaunt (see OED relusant). The derived form relusance. etc. is not attested in AND. In the late fifteenth century the English word was influenced by knowledge of Latin relucere (participle relucens-), hence the standard later form relucent.
WF: Borrowed into the British Isles
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