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.
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