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Idioms about say

    that is to say. that (def. 16).

Origin of say

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English seyen, seggen, Old English secgan; cognate with Dutch zeggen, German sagen, Old Norse segja; akin to saw3

OTHER WORDS FROM say

sayer, noun

Other definitions for say (2 of 4)

say2
[ sey ]
/ seɪ /

verb (used with object), noun
British Dialect. assay.

Origin of say

2
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English saien, sayen, shortening of assaien, assayen to assay

Other definitions for say (3 of 4)

say3
[ sey ]
/ seɪ /

noun
a thin silk or woolen fabric similar to serge, much used in the 16th century.

Origin of say

3
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English sai(e), a kind of serge, from Old French saie, saye “long-skirted coat,” from Medieval Latin saia, sagum, a kind of cloth, from Latin saga, plural of sagum “coarse woolen cloak, soldier's cloak,” from Gaulish sogom

Other definitions for say (4 of 4)

Say
[ sey ]
/ seɪ /

noun
Jean Bap·tiste [zhahn ba-teest], /ʒɑ̃ baˈtist/, 1767–1832, French economist.Compare Say's law.
Thomas, 1787–1834, U.S. entomologist.
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British Dictionary definitions for say (1 of 2)

Derived forms of say

sayer, noun

Word Origin for say

Old English secgan; related to Old Norse segja, Old Saxon seggian, Old High German sagēn

British Dictionary definitions for say (2 of 2)

say2
/ (seɪ) /

noun
archaic a type of fine woollen fabric

Word Origin for say

C13: from Old French saie, from Latin saga, plural of sagum a type of woollen cloak
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