One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A coin, especially a denier, minted at Paris, worth one quarter more than one minted at Tours.
Of a coin: minted at Paris and worth one quarter more than one minted at Tours. Used as postpositive.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Pilgrimage of the Lyf of the Manhode. From Middle French parisis, paresis coin struck at Paris, (as adjective) struck at Paris, Middle French, French † parisis fee of one quarter charged in certain situations (as at an auction, etc.) from post-classical Latin Parisiensis coin minted at Paris, also native or inhabitant of Paris.
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