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A gallery, balcony, or other (often covered) walkway; specifically (a) one behind the parapets of a castle, tower, etc.; a parapet walk; (b) a covered passageway, a cloister. Also occasionally: †an aisle (obsolete).
Middle English; earliest use found in The Chronicle of Robert of Gloucester. From Anglo-Norman alure, alour, allur walkway (behind a parapet), passage, gallery, (rare) parapet, apparently a specific use of Anglo-Norman and Old French, Middle French alure speed of travel, gait.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.