Middle English Dictionary Entry
keis n. plural
|Forms||keis n. plural|
|Etymology||Cp. MWel. cais, keys 'a sergeant of the peace or one of his subordinates' & ceisiad 'one who seeks or pursues'; see J. Russell-Smith Med.Aev. 22.104-10.|
Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)
- c1225(?c1200) SWard (Bod 34)6/37 : Þet heaued þrof is þe feont, þe meistreð ham alle; aʒeines him & his keis [Ayenb.: kachereles; L satellites], þe husebonde..warneð his hus þus.
- (?1400) Let.in Ellis Orig.Let.ser.2.16 : He wold gete me the Kings charter, and I schuld be maester forster and keyshat in Chirke is lond.