Archaic imprisonment, esp. when long continued
mainly in durance vile
Origin of duranceMiddle English duraunce from Old French from Classical Latin durans, present participle of durare, to last: see durable
Confinement or restraint by force; imprisonment.
Origin of duranceMiddle English duraunce duration from Old French durance from durer to last from Latin dūrāre ; see deuə- in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic) Imprisonment; forced confinement.
From Old French durance, from durer (“to last”).