[ ez-nee, -ne ]
/ ˈɛz ni, -nɛ /
(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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Examples from the Web for esne
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|Mrs. Russell Barrington
Word Origin and History for esne
Old English esne "domestic slave," from Proto-Germanic *asnjoz- "harvestman" (cf. Gothic asneis), from *asanoz- "harvest" (see earn).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper