Prest money
Prest Prest, a. [OF. prest, F. pr[^e]t, fr. L. praestus ready. Cf. {Presto}.] 1. Ready; prompt; prepared. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

All prest to such battle he was. --R. of Gloucester. [1913 Webster]

2. Neat; tidy; proper. [Obs.] --Tusser. [1913 Webster]

{Prest money}, money formerly paid to men when they enlisted into the British service; -- so called because it bound those that received it to be ready for service when called upon. [1913 Webster]


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  • prest-money — earlier form of press money …   Useful english dictionary

  • prest money — noun Etymology: Middle English prest moneye money paid in advance, from prest (II) + moneye money obsolete : money advanced to men enlisting in the British army or navy : imprest * * * Brit. Obs. a sum of money advanced to men enlisting in the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • prest money — Brit. Obs. a sum of money advanced to men enlisting in the navy or the army, given to bind the bargain and as an inducement. Also called press money, prest. [1400 50; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • prest money — In old English law, a payment which binds those who receive it to be ready at all times appointed, being meant especially of soldiers …   Black's law dictionary

  • Prest — Prest, a. [OF. prest, F. pr[^e]t, fr. L. praestus ready. Cf. {Presto}.] 1. Ready; prompt; prepared. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] All prest to such battle he was. R. of Gloucester. [1913 Webster] 2. Neat; tidy; proper. [Obs.] Tusser. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prest — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praestus ready more at presto obsolete : ready …   Useful english dictionary

  • prest — prest1 /prest/, adj. Obs. ready. [1250 1300; ME < OF < LL praestus ready. See PRESTO] prest2 /prest/, n. Obs. 1. a loan. 2. an advance payment on wages. 3. See prest money. [14 …   Universalium

  • Prest — Prest, n. [OF. prest, F. pr[^e]t, fr. OF. prester to lend, F. pr[^e]ter, fr. L. praestare to stand before, to become surety for, to fulfill, offer, supply; prae before + stare to stand. See {Pre }, and {Stand}, and cf. {Press} to force into… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prest — Prest, v. t. To give as a loan; to lend. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Sums of money . . . prested out in loan. E. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prest — [prest] n. [ME preste < OFr < prester: see PRESS2] Obs. an advance of money, specif. one to men enlisting in the British army or navy adj. Obs. ready; prepared …   English World dictionary

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