One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An allowance of extra weight made to purchasers of certain goods to compensate for waste during transportation.
- ‘The Tret was an allowance of 1/26th part of the whole weight of certain kinds of goods, which was granted to the purchaser free of charge to allow for waste.’
- ‘So many basic techniques have been lost: rule 5 of Tare and Tret for example.’
Late 15th century: from an Old French variant of trait ‘draught’ (see trait).
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