Middle English Dictionary Entry

Merce n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

Note: Cp. Merchene laue.
(a) Mercia, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom; (b) pl. the Mercians; also, the inhabitants of the English Midlands in ME times; (c) merkene marche (riche), the OE Mercian kingdom; (d) in place name [see Smith PNElem. 2.38].

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • (c1390) Chaucer CT.NP.(Manly-Rickert)B.4302 : In the lyf of seint Kenelm I rede That was Kenelphus sone the noble kyng of Mercenrike how Kenelm mette a thyng.
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    Note: Postdates sense (c).
    Note: ?Same sense--per REL