coistrel
Coistril Cois"tril, n. [Prob. from OF. coustillier groom or lad. Cf. {Custrel}.] 1. An inferior groom or lad employed by an esquire to carry the knight's arms and other necessaries. [Written also {coistrel}.] [1913 Webster]

2. A mean, paltry fellow; a coward. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • coistrel — or coistril [kois′trəl] n. [prob. < ME custrel, a soldier (armed with a custille, two edged dagger) < OFr coustellier] Archaic 1. a groom in charge of a knight s horses 2. a knave; varlet; scoundrel …   English World dictionary

  • coistrel — noun Etymology: Middle French coustillier soldier carrying a short sword, from coustille short sword, ultimately from Latin cultellus knife more at cutlass Date: 1575 archaic a mean fellow ; varlet …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • coistrel — /koy streuhl/, n. Archaic. a scoundrel; knave. [1570 80; ME custrell, appar. < MF coustillier, coustelier, one armed with a cou(s)telle dagger (fem. deriv. of coutel knife < L cultellus; see IER2), with r perh. from quystroun knave, page,… …   Universalium

  • coistrel — noun /ˈkʌstɹəl/ a knights attendant or man at arms; a knave …   Wiktionary

  • coistrel — cois·trel …   English syllables

  • coistrel — ˈkȯistrəl noun ( s) Etymology: Middle French coustillier soldier carrying a short sword, squire of a knight, from coustille short sword (alteration of coustele knife, from Latin cultellus) + ier er more at cutlass 1. archaic : a groom emplo …   Useful english dictionary

  • Coistril — Cois tril, n. [Prob. from OF. coustillier groom or lad. Cf. {Custrel}.] 1. An inferior groom or lad employed by an esquire to carry the knight s arms and other necessaries. [Written also {coistrel}.] [1913 Webster] 2. A mean, paltry fellow; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diminutive — In language structure, a diminutive,[1] or diminutive form (abbreviated dim), is a formation of a word used to convey a slight degree of the root meaning, smallness of the object or quality named, encapsulation, intimacy, or endearment.[2][3] It… …   Wikipedia

  • Man-at-arms — This article is about the medieval term for a soldier. For the Masters of the Universe character, see Man At Arms. Men at arms in battle, 15th century illustration. Man at arms (also called armsman or coistrel) was a term used from the High… …   Wikipedia

  • knave — n 1. scoundrel, blackguard, wretch, dastard, reprobate, cur, dog, Inf. hound, Sl. lowlife, Archaic. caitiff, Archaic. coistrel; villain, bad guy or man, snake, viper, reptile, snake in the grass, evildoer, fiend, hellhound, miscreant, devil;… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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