follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

wappenshaw

[wop-uh n-shaw, wap-] /ˈwɒp ənˌʃɔ, ˈwæp-/
noun
1.
a periodic muster or review of troops or persons under arms, formerly held in certain districts of Scotland to satisfy military chiefs that their men were properly armed and faithful to the local lord or chieftain.
Also, wappenshawing.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; short for wappenshawing (Scots), equivalent to wappen (Old English wǣpna, genitive plural of wǣp(e)n weapon) + shawing showing (see show, -ing1); compare Dutch wapenschouwing
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for wappenshaw

wappenshaw

/ˈwæpənʃɔː; ˈwɒp-/
noun
1.
(formerly) a muster of men in a particular area in Scotland to show that they were properly armed
Word Origin
C16: from Northern English wapen, from Old Norse vápnweapon + schawshow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for wappenshaw

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for wappenshaw

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for wappenshaw