MatOld Norse Dictionary - mat
Meaning of Old Norse word "mat" in English.
As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- n. an estimate; the truer form is mát (like dráp, nám, gát, át, from drepa …); the word was originally a Norse law term, and is not found in the Grág., but was, at the union with Norway, adopted in Icel., where it soon lost its long vowel; it is actually spelt maat (i. e. mát) in D. n. ii. 225 (maats menn = taxation); eptir sex manna máti, Jb.; eptir góðra manni máti, Vm.; eptir máti, id. (Mr. Jón Thorkelsson).
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛘᛅᛏ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
- idem, referring to the passage quoted or to the translation
- i. e.
- id est.
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Works & Authors cited:
- D. N.
- Diplomatarium Norvagicum. (J. II.)
- Grágás. (B. I.)
- Jóns-bók. (B. III.)
- Vilkins-máldagi. (J. I.)
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