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noces (1121-35)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: 7,243a nuptiae; Gdf: ; GdfC: 10,204c noce; TL: 6,685 noce; DEAF: ; DMF:  noce; TLF:  noce; OED:  noces n.; MED:  neoces n.; DMLBS: 1955a nuptiae ]
noches,  noeces,  nosces,  noesces;  neces,  neoces,  nuces; 
sg. noce,  noece  

As in Latin (nuptiae), the word is generally used in its plural form, but is frequently treated as a singular noun: both ‘les noces’ and ‘la noces’ are attested. The use of the pure singular form (‘la noce’) is exceptional, and is consequently listed here in second place (and, in contrast to the DMF, Gdf and TL’s treatment of it, not as the entry’s headword).

s._sg._and_pl.

1liturgicalwedding(-feast), nuptials
( 1121-35; MS: s.xii3/3 )  .V. virgines, [...] A unes noces alerent,  897
( c.1170; MS: s.xiiiex )  bien semblez gent bevant, Ki a noces (vars. noeces) augez pur demener bobant  4012
( s.xiiiin; MS: s.xiii2/4 )  oi ja lire De une noesces  11605
( s.xiii1/3; MS: s.xiiim )  A grant honur l'ad Gui esposé. Les noeces puis tenues unt, Quatre jurz grant joe funt  7539
( c.1300 )  resemble une tres belle jovencelle qui bien s'est atiree de toutes manieres d'aornemens por soi mostrer az noches  83.375
( c.1325 )  Caunt Jhesus et sa mere [...] estoyent a la noces  33.13
theol.wedding-feast (as a metaphor for the union between God and the Holy Church)
( MS: 1120-40 )  dignement sei delitent es goies del ciel ed es noces virginels  prol.
( s.xiiex; MS: s.xiiim )  Qui ceste espose (=Christ's bride, the Church) quiert a estre venal Ne serrad mie des noeces comunal  486
( s.xiii2/4; MS: s.xiii2 )  A celes noces (=of J.C. and Holy Church) sunt enviez Tuit cil ki sunt cristienez  155vb
theol.wedding-feast (as a metaphor for Heaven)
( s.xiii2/4; MS: c.1275 )  Prium k'il (=God) nus otreit le suen beneit repos, Quant vendrum a granz nuces, que ne seum forsclos  (Ch) 883
( MS: c.1300 )  Ja ne vus guaranterunt les poestez [...] Ke en cest siecle ici avez, ke vus ne seez refusez [...] as noces ou sunt toz enviez  221
noces del aignel
Bibl.theol.Nuptials of the Lamb of God (cf. Revelation 21)
( s.xiiiex; MS: s.xiv2 )  Fesum joie e leesce e dunum gloire a lui Kar les noeces del aignel sunt ja venu  3613
faire noces
liturgicalto marry, get married
( c.1240; MS: c.1300 )  de fin queor mult l'enama [...]; Pur ren ne se vodreit retrere, Mult se haste del noces fere  127.62
liturgicalto marry, officiate at a wedding
( MS: s.xiv1/4 )  W. de R., chapelein qe ces noces (vars. neoces (E1)MS: 1327-77) fist, et [...] plussours altres qe a les noces furent  52

s.

1liturgicalwedding(-feast), nuptials
( s.xiii1; MS: s.xiiiex )  Ne tentroie de femme noce, Taunt sei de queu pé ele cloce  69
( c.1360-79; MS: s.xivex )  Au noece et feste s’esjoyt  11316
noceiement  noceier 
This is an AND2 Phase 4 (N-O/U-P-Q) entry. © 2013-17 The Anglo-Norman Dictionary. All rights reserved. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom.
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