One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A portable breviary.
2Scottish Law. A list of the names of indicted offenders prepared by the Justice Clerk. Now chiefly in "porteous roll".
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From Anglo-Norman porteose, portehos, porteus and Old French, Middle French portehors a portable breviary from porte- + hors out of doors, abroad.
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