Middle English Dictionary Entry

cǒmlīnesse n.
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Entry Info

Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Splendor, fairness; (b) graciousness, decorousness, grace.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • (c1443) Pecock Rule (Mrg M 519)33 : Fablis of poetis…haue seemed faire…bi cause þei han be gaili apparailid wiþ…newe langage forgyng, but wiþynne forþ in hem silf, þei ben…ful bareyn of eny swete fruytfulnes…ʒitt…children of god tisid and ouercomen wiþ her blundice and sophisticat cumlynes han lovid, receivid, and acceptid hem.
  • Note: An instance referring to stories rather than to people.--per MP
    Note: Probably belongs to sense (b).--per MLL