Herye Definition

14thC, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Clerk's Prologue and Tale, 2002, Marion Wynne-Davies (edit), The Tales of The Clerk and The Wife of Bath, page 94,
And whan that folk it to his fader tolde, / Nat oonly he, but al his contree merye / Was for this child, and God they thanke and herye.
14thC, William de Shoreham, 1851, Early English Poetry, Ballads and Popular Literature of the Middle Ages, Volume 28, Percy Society, page 117,
Thyse aungeles heryeth here wyth stevene, / Ase he hys hare quene of he[ve]ne.
1563, John Foxe, 1851, Fox's Book of Martyrs: The Acts and Monuments of the Church, Volume 1, page 563,
And Lord God, what herying is it to bilden thee a church of dead stones, and robben thy quicke churches of their bodilich liuelood?
1579, Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender: November, 2012, Marie Loughlin, Sandra Bell, Patricia Brace (editors), The Broadview Anthology of Sixteenth-Century Poetry and Prose, page 797,
Thenot, now nis the time of merimake. / Nor Pan to herye, nor with love to playe.

Origin of Herye

  • From Middle English heryen, herien, from Old English herian (“to extol, praise, commend, help”), from Proto-Germanic *hazjaną (“to call, praise”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱens- (“to speak in a florid, solemn style, attest, witness”). Cognate with Middle High German haren (“to call, shout”), Gothic (hazjan, “to praise”), Latin cēnseō (“inspect, appraise, estimate”, verb), Latin cēnsus (“estimation”); see censor, census.

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