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Kis, n. Also: kisse, kys(se. [ME. kiss(e (14th c.), kys(se, f. Kisv., also ME. and OE. cos(s.] A kiss. Kis of pece, see Pece n.(1) 1531 Bell. Boece I. ix.
To hals and brais with mony lusty kis
1549 Compl. 66/4.
First thai [the dancers] began vitht tua bekkis and vitht a kysse
a1568 Bann. MS. 264 b/52.
My gentill jo, gif me a kis
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1111.
He turnit his heid. and wald not thole hir kis
a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 924.
Kisses & commands ar theifles chear
Ib. No. 980.
Leis me of your laughing face, ye look lyk a kisse
1615 Highland P. III. 192.
With the submisse kisse of ȝiour royall hand
1661 Soc. Ant. XXII. 250.
The Divill kissed hir … and … it was ane cold kisse
(2) 1476 Thanes of Cawdor 61.
[The Thane of Cawdor has forgiven the] injuris done to hyme … be the said Huchowne … and athir of the saide parteis has takyn and gewyn wtherlie the kys of pece
a1538 Abell 7* b.
Kys of peis in the mes wes institut

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