pui1 (s.xii¼)

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pui1 (s.xii¼)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: 9,111b podium; Gdf: 6,457c pui 1 /6,458a pui 2; GdfC: ; TL: 7,2050 pui; DEAF:  pui; DMF:  puy; TLF:  puy 1 / puy 2; OED:  pew n.1; MED:  peu(e n.1; DMLBS: ]
piu,  poi,  puy,  puye; 
pl. puiz,  puz  

The sense ‘poetry contest’ refers to a thirteenth-century continental French custom, which at some point, presumably in the fourteenth century, seems to have made its way to London, as a detailed description of its rules and regulations there is preserved in Lib Cust 216-28. Etymologically, this particular usage is believed to derive from the original sense ‘platform elevation’, on which these contests were presumably held.

The word which appears in English as pew is etymologically the same, but does not have the same meanings.

s.

1geog.hill, mound, elevated part of the landscape
( s.xii¼; MS: s.xiv1 )  Altres [...] avant cestui Ne descendit aval cel pui  172
( s.xii3/4; MS: s.xiv2 )  Vet s'en Alisandre les puz e les costeiz, Les munz e les valeies, les puiz e les larriz  C100
( 1213; MS: 1213 )  Les pois, les vaus, les bois, les plaingnes [...]  14393
( s.xiiim; MS: s.xiiiex )  Plus de .xiiij. lues en sunt li champe poeplié, Nen a puye ne tertre qe ne soit enbracié  494
( 1271-72; MS: s.xiii4/4 )  al sege facent une fosse al get de un dart e le garnissent bien, non pas soulement de haie ne de puz mes ensement de toreles  142.12
2musicpuy, one of the many literary societies in major French cities (and also in London) that organised annual music and poetry contests
( s.xiv1 )  si ensi soit qe nul de la compaignie voist de vie a mort, il deit laisser de ses biens [...] a la confrarie du Pui  218
musicmeeting of a puy
( s.xiv1 )  Li amerous compaignoun qui sont demoraunt e repairaunt en la bone cité de Lundres ount ordiné, confermé et establie une feste ke hom apele 'Pui'. [...] Et le viel prince e le novel doivent les chançons jugier [...]. E le meillour des chaunçons doit estre corounee  216
(a, en) (les) pui(s) et (a, en) (les) val(s)
over hills and valleys, far and away
( c.1170; MS: s.xiiiex )  Pus ad fait enseler un bien coraunt cheval, Ki n'estaunchereit pas ne a pui ne a val  1990
( s.xiii1/4; MS: s.xiiim )  Villame chevalche les pius e les vals E les muntaines  2790
pewe  puail  puiement  puier#1  puier#2 
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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