Middle English Dictionary Entry

britten v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) To mash; (b) to cut to pieces, dismember; (c) to shatter; demolish.
To slash or slay (sb.).

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • c1400(?c1390) Gawain (Nero A.10)2 : Þe assaut watz sesed at Troye, Þe borȝ brittened & brent to brondez & askez.
  • Note: Antedates sense 1.(c).
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