See also: Loveday



From love +‎ day.


loveday (plural lovedays)

  1. (now historical) A day appointed for a meeting intended to amicably resolve a dispute; also the meeting held on such a day. [from 14th c.]
    • c. 1385, William Langland, Piers Plowman, III:
      She ledeth þe lawe as hire list · and louedayes maketh / And doth men lese þorw hire loue · þat lawe myȝte wynne.
    • 1983, John Bossy, Disputes and Settlements: Law and Human Relations in the West, p. 60:
      legal records cannot provide consistent evidence about lovedays because they were, strictly speaking, outside their terms of reference […].
    • 1994, John Clarence Bedell, Dispute Settlement and the Control of Violence in England, 1272-1330:
      In our period, all the people of England made lovedays, from the richest to the poorest.
  2. (chiefly poetical) A day devoted to love.