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From Old French essoinier, essoignier, essonier, from Latin essoniare, exoniare.


IPA(key): /ɪˈsɔɪn/


essoin (third-person singular simple present essoins, present participle essoining, simple past and past participle essoined)

  1. (Britain, law, transitive) To excuse for failure to appear in court.
    • (Can we date this quote by Quarles and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      I'll not essoin thee.

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  1. (Britain, law, obsolete) An excuse for not appearing in court at the return of process; the allegation of an excuse to the court.
  2. (obsolete) Excuse; exemption.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      From every work he challenged essoin.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for essoin in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)