Belsire
Belsire Bel"sire`, n. [Pref. bel- + sire. Cf. {Beldam}.] A grandfather, or ancestor. ``His great belsire Brute.'' [Obs.] --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

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  • belsire — noun grandfather; old man. See Also: beldame …   Wiktionary

  • belsire — noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English belsyre, from belfair, beautiful (from Old French) + syre sire more at beauty obsolete …   Useful english dictionary

  • Beldam — Bel dam Beldame Bel dame, n. [Pref. bel , denoting relationship + dame mother: cf. F. belledame fair lady, It. belladonna. See {Belle}, and {Dame}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Grandmother; corresponding to belsire. [1913 Webster] To show the beldam… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beldame — Beldam Bel dam Beldame Bel dame, n. [Pref. bel , denoting relationship + dame mother: cf. F. belledame fair lady, It. belladonna. See {Belle}, and {Dame}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Grandmother; corresponding to belsire. [1913 Webster] To show the beldam …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beldam — aged woman, 1570s; earlier grandmother (mid 15c.), from DAME (Cf. dame) (q.v.) in the sense of mother + bel , M.E. prefix expressing relationship (Cf. belfader, belsire grandfather ), from O.Fr. bel, belle beautiful, fair, fine (see BELLE (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

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