[ ih-soin ]
/ ɪˈsɔɪn /
(in England) an excuse for nonappearance in a court of law at the prescribed time.
Origin of essoin
1300–50; Middle English essoine < Anglo-French, Old French essoigne, essoine, noun derivative of essoinier to put forward such an excuse, verbal derivative (with es- ex-1) of sogne, ultimately < Old Low Franconian *sunnja legal excuse, care (compare Old Saxon sunnea, Old Norse syn denial, Gothic sunja truth)
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