One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A taker or receiver, especially of rent or profits from land or other property.
Middle English; earliest use found in Statutes of the Realm. From Anglo-Norman pernor, pernour, pernur, pernir, parnour, variants of Anglo-Norman and Old French preneor, Anglo-Norman and Middle French preneur taker from pren-, stem of prendre + -eor, -eur.
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