[Sca-cooks] A short note about medieval meals & breakfast

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Wed May 13 11:38:42 PDT 2009

As I posted on 5/12
 on "nonemete" which seemed the most unusual word one comes
across this in OED
*noonmeat**.* Obs. Forms: 1 nónmete; 4-5 none mete (5 nun, nvne), 6
none, noone meat.... Now represented in dial. by nammet and nummet

] A meal taken at noon, a luncheon.

   * *A. 1000* /Sal. & Sat;/ lix, On xii monðum ða scealt sillan ðinum
     þeowan men vii hund hlafa, and xx hlafa, buton
     mor/enticons/ipa.asg.gifenmetum, and nonmetum.
   * *C. 1000* /Ælfric's Voc;/ in Wr.-Wülcker 147 /Merenda/, nonmete.
   * *A. 1400* /Gloss./ in /Rel. Antiq./ I. 6 /Merenda/, nonemete.
   * *1428-9* /Rec. St. Mary at Hill/ (1904) 71 Also payd for þe none
     mete on þe morwe of iij carpenters & ij plomers, a sholdere & a
     brist of moton;

See my long post for more information on its use.


Nancy Kiel wrote:
> Could it also be referring to the canonical hour of nones?  I'm not sure exactly what time of day that is, though.

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