One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In or with reference to pre-Conquest times: a citizen of a town; a burgess or burgher. After the Norman Conquest: any of a small group of citizens chosen to administer the affairs of a borough or town.
Old English; earliest use found in The Seven Sleepers. From port + man. Compare post-classical Latin portmenni, plural, portmannus.
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