One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Return (to a place); a return. Now rare.
2A return made to Chancery in response to a brieve of inquest concerning the ownership and value of land, stating the verdict of the jury.
1To return or send in (a brieve, verdict, etc.) to Chancery. Now historical.
2no object To return, go or come back (to a place). Now rare.
Middle English; earliest use found in The Seven Sages. From Anglo-Norman and Old French retur, Anglo-Norman and Old French, Middle French retor, Anglo-Norman and Old French, Middle French, French retour. Compare return and parallels in other Romance languages cited at that entry<br>late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From retour.
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