Middle English Dictionary Entry

mōte n.(1)
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Entry Info

Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A natural or man-made mound; hill; ?also, an island [last quot.]; castel ~, mound or hill on which a castle is built; (b) a castle, dwelling; in ~, among men; (c) a city.
(a) A defensive ditch, moat, fosse; boundary ditch; drainage ditch; also, a pond; (b) in place names [see Smith PNElem. 2.44].

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • (1467-8) *Plea & Mem.R.Lond.GildhA 88.2 : Thomas and Margarete…haue…letten to ferme to the seide William and Alice a parlour with a warehouse…with…a yerde lying on the north side of the seide parlour and warehous and with the moyte of the welle and Siege called a pryvey.
  • (1467-8) *Plea & Mem.R.Lond.GildhA 88.2 : That…William Burton and Alice…shull…repaire and susteyne the seide moyte of the seide welle.
  • Note: New sense