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Treated as plural: a group of later medieval grammarians who developed and expounded a system of Latin grammar in which Priscian's word classes and categories were integrated into the framework of scholastic philosophy.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in John Edwin Sandys (1844–1922), classical scholar. From post-classical Latin modistae, plural of modista from classical Latin modus + -ista.
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