Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
A woollen cloth. “Saye clothe serge.” — Palsgrave.
... Serge (from ancient French saie which derives from the ... for tie-making characterizedby a cloth armor and ... and good elasticity, similar to the serge but smoother ... http://www.madeincomo.it/autun_inverno_en.htmlSay(Say), v. t. To try; to assay. [Obs.] B. Jonson.Say(Say), n. [OE. saie, F. saie, fr. L. saga, equiv. to sagum, sagus, a coarse woolen mantle; cf. Gr. sa`gos. See Sagum.] 1. A kind of silk or satin. [Obs.]Thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord!Shak. 2. A delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth. [Obs.]His garment neither was of silk nor say.Spenser
http://www.bootlegbooks.com/Reference/Webster/d...Northern French and Flemish serges(sagie, sagie, saie) were exported 12th century.other spellings saye saie to say another meaning altogether.
SAY [sayette, F] a thin sort of Stuff. ---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.
SAY, or SAYE, in commerce, a kind of serge; or a very light crossed stuff, all wool; much used abroad for linings, and by the religious for shirts; and with us, by the quakers, for aprons for which purpose it is usually green. There are very considerable manufactures hereof at Sudbury, near Colchester; also at Ypres, Houdscot, &c. in Flanders, &c. - Those made in England are chiefly exported to Portugal, and Leghorn.---Cyclopaedia: Or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. E. Chambers, 1743.
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