One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A maker of small iron objects, especially bits, spurs, stirrups, and mountings for horse's bridles.
- ‘In England's early history, a bridlemaker was known as a loriner and occupations were often used as family names.’
- ‘There aren't any loriners in the City of London nowadays, the centre of the British craft being in Walsall, which is perhaps why the Company no longer has a London headquarters.’
- ‘If you can find one, I suggest you get a loriner to come and assess you and your pony. These are specialists in bits and they really know what they are doing.’
Middle English: from Old French lorenier, from lorain ‘harness strap’, from Latin lorum ‘strap’.
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