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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French creance. See credence.

NounEdit

creance (plural creances)

  1. (obsolete) faith; belief; creed
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
  2. (falconry) A long leash, or lightweight cord used to prevent escape of a hawk during training flights.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, III.12:
      Even as horses led by hand doe sometimes bound and start out of the way, but no further then their halters length, and neverthelesse follow ever his steps that leadeth them; And as a Hawke takes his flight but under the limits of hir cranes or twyne.

VerbEdit

creance (third-person singular simple present creances, present participle creancing, simple past and past participle creanced)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To get on credit; to borrow.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)

Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French creance, croiance, from Late Latin credentia, or from créant.

NounEdit

creance f (plural creances)

  1. faith; belief

Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin credentia, from Latin credens.

NounEdit

creance f (oblique plural creances, nominative singular creance, nominative plural creances)

  1. faith; belief

Related termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • French: croyance
  • Norman: crianche (Jersey)