esne

[ ez-nee, -ne ]
/ ˈɛz ni, -nɛ /

noun

(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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esne


n.

Old English esne "domestic slave," from Proto-Germanic *asnjoz- "harvestman" (cf. Gothic asneis), from *asanoz- "harvest" (see earn).

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