Word Origin & History
alternative spelling (influenced by nautical yard (2) "long beam used to support a sail") of M.E. lainer, "thong for fastening parts of armor or clothing" (late 14c.), from O.Fr. laniere "thong, lash," from lasniere, from lasne "strap, thong," apparently altered (by metathesis and influence of O.Fr.
las "lace") from nasliere, from Frank. *nastila, from P.Gmc. *nastila- (cf. O.H.G. nestila "lace, strap, band," Ger. nestel "string, lace, strap"), from PIE base *ned- "to knot."