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[mey-ser] /ˈmeɪ sər/
(in Scotland) an officer who attends the Court of Session and carries out its orders.
Origin of macer
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French; Middle French massier. See mace1, -er2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So those two went to supper, and who should come in, of all men in the world, but Major macer?

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • "macer, macer," was called around by the innumerable spectators.

  • These too soon took their leave of him, and macer, unimpeded and alone, turned towards his home.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • Yet macer lost not one jot of his coolness in that awful moment.

  • Still more amazed were they when macer turned toward the emperor and stretched out his hands.

  • It was evident that the Batavian was not at all equal to macer.

  • The juices are divided into 'meagre' and unctuous (macer et pinguis).

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Upon this macer was sent out again, and killed this lion easily.

  • No others are now spoken of in Rome, but macer and his heroic wife and children.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • macer alone is enough to set on fire a city, a continent, a world.

    Aurelian William Ware
British Dictionary definitions for macer


a macebearer, esp (in Scotland) an official who acts as usher in a court of law
Word Origin
C14: from Old French massier, from massemace1
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