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Daynté, Danté, Dainté, n. Also: dayntee, dantee, -tie, daintie, denté, dyntie. [ME. daynté, deynté, deinté (a 1225), OF. dainté, deintié, etc., L. dignitāt-.]

1. Estimation, esteem, regard, favour, affection. Esp. to have, hald, resave … in daynté.(a) 1375 Barb. ii. 163.
The Bruce … resawyt him in gret daynte
Ib. iii. 505.
All the lordis … kyssyt him in gret daynte
Ib. xvi. 673.
The king … held him in suylk daynte, That ‘his awne bischop’ him callit he
a1400 Leg. S. xiii.2 27.
Thai ewangelis thai kepe in daynte
Ib. xvi. 23.
We fynd … ful mony that synful were, That thu had eftyre in daynte
c1420 Wynt. ii. 325.
Thare he become the Kyngys man, That helde hym in tyll gret daynte
Ib. ix. 54.
Off his chawmyr ane wes he That wes had in grete daynte
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 376.
Ȝing lusty gallandis, That I held more in daynte
1513 Doug. xi. i. 55.
Quhilk only honour is haldyn in daynte At Acheron
1533 Boece v. i. 162 b.
Harlots … quham he held in daynte, & estemit mekill
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xl. 626.
Tho he of the warld dede be, God hyme has in mare dante
1375 Barb. xx. 289 (C).
Dowglas His hert … Has resauit in gret dantee
a1500 Seven S. 1892.
In dante held he hir [the pyot] for thi
1513 Doug. ix. iii. 18.
A fyr wod, the quhilk into dante Full mony ȝeris held I
Ib. xiii. vii. 79.
I thé ressaue, and haldis in dante, As son in law
(c) c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 458.
Thir damysellis, for derne dotit lufe, That dogonis haldis in dainte
1531 Bell. Boece I. p. xxvii.
Small and deligat quhitis, … haldin in gret daintie to marchandis
1560 Rolland Seven S. 3635.
The Empreour … thame held in sic eis and daintie, That he culd not weill want thair companie

2. Delight, pleasure, joy. 1375 Barb. xii. 159 (E).
Than all pressyt in to gret daynte The erle off Murreff for to se
Ib. xvi. 529.
Thair namys … That men till her yeit has daynte
a1400 Leg. S. xxxiii. 839.
Dacyane made Of George offerand to God, that hade Thar-of daynte
c1420 Wynt. i. 1308.
As the makarys had daynte Off thai bestys and delyt
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 413.
Adew, dolour, adew! my daynte [M. dente] now begynis

b. Elegance, refinement (in food). c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxv. 57 (M).
Fresche fragrant claretis … With mony ane cours of grit daynte [B. dyntie]

3. A choice viand or dish; a delicacy.(a) a1400 Leg. S. vi. 466.
The flesche, that ve fed here Maste vantonly in daynttis sere
c1420 Wynt. i. 440.
Tyll ete fleyhs … Rostyt, sodyn, or in paste As thaim thoucht best and daynte mast
a1500 Henr. Fab. 242.
Heuilie scho kest hir browis doun, For all the daynteis that scho culd hir bring
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxvii. 12.
Thairfoir I pray ȝow, bredir deir, Not to delyt in daynteis seir
(b) a1500 Seven S. 1544.
Syne with danteis ynewe … [thai] Servit baith the burd and hall
a1500 Prestis Peblis 12.
Thir thre thai maid gud chere; To tham thar was na danteis thaim to deir
1513 Doug. iii. v. 140.
The mesis and the danteis thyk dyd stand
Ib. vi. ix. 153.
All danteys langand tyl a kingis fest
1535 Stewart 16866.
With wyne at welth and danteis that war deir Thar wantit nocht that langit to gude cheir
a1540 Freiris Berw. 445 (M).
I marvale meikle … ȝe so suddanlie Hes brocht ws heir sa mony danteis [B. denteis] seyr

4. A pleasing or attractive thing. 1535 Stewart 12332.
With mony perle … , And diamantis deir, mony dantie of delyte
Ib. 16882.
With dansing, singing, and all danteis deir
a1585 Maitl. Q. xxxv. 77.
A ladye bricht, plesand in bed, … Ane daintie day and nicht
1643 Baillie II. 108.
The house is all well hung, and hes a good fyre, which is some dainties at London

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