(in Anglo-Saxon England) a member of the lowest class; laborer.
Origin of esne
before 950; < Old English; cognate with Old High German asni, Gothic asneis day laborer, harvester, akin to asans harvest
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Related Words for esneserf, liege, slave, dependent, thrall, beneficiary, peasant, subordinate, varlet, tenant, subject, helot, liegeman, bondman
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Then to Esne to return the visit of my amiable friend, the governor; him of the flowers.The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton
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Old English esne "domestic slave," from Proto-Germanic *asnjoz- "harvestman" (cf. Gothic asneis), from *asanoz- "harvest" (see earn).
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