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 d&umacron;rare; see deu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic) Imprisonment; forced confinement.
From Old French durance, from durer (“to last”).