1893 text

A woollen cloth. “Saye clothe serge.” — Palsgrave.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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First Reading

vicente  •  Link

... Serge (from ancient French saie which derives from the ... for tie-making characterized
by a cloth armor and ... and good elasticity, similar to the serge but smoother ...
(Say), v. t. To try; to assay. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
(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!
2. A delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth. [Obs.]
His garment neither was of silk nor say.

Northern French and Flemish serges(sagie, sagie, saie) were exported 12th century.
other spellings saye saie
to say another meaning altogether.

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

SAY [sayette, F] a thin sort of Stuff.
---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.

Bill  •  Link

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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