One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating an English translation of the New Testament made by Roman Catholics of the English College at Rheims in 1582, based closely on the Vulgate text.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Rainolds (1549–1607), theologian and college head. From Rhemes, earlier English form of Rheims, the name of a city in the north-east of France, where the translation was made and published + -ish.
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