Origin of mensal1
1475–85; < Latin mēns(is) month + -al1
- of, relating to, or used at the table.
- Roman Catholic Church. (of a benefice, church, etc.) set aside for the maintenance of a priest or bishop, especially for board.
Origin of mensal2
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Examples from the Web for mensal
The chief had his own mensal lands, as well as his tribute, and these he might forfeit.The Land-War In Ireland (1870)
He constructed a number of fortresses on the great central plain and carved out the kingdom of Meath to serve as his mensal land.
For never, while supping on this single dish, would he dream of the mensal and kitchen luxuries of the Hermitage in Bronx Park.The Book of Khalid
- rare monthly
C15: from Latin mensis month
- rare relating to or used at the table
C15: from Latin mensālis, from mensa table
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Word Origin and History for mensal
"pertaining to or used at a table," mid-15c., from Late Latin mensalis, from Latin mensa "table" (see mesa).
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