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Pirn-, Pyrnit, -yt, p.p. and ppl. a. (n.) Also: -et, -ed. [Appar. f. Pirn n.] Interwoven with threads of different materials, textures or colours (espec., in early examples, ? partly woven with gold thread); variegated.Also b. absol. as noun.(1) 1494 Treas. Acc. I. 224.
xv eln j quarter of crammacy sattin pirnit wyth gold
1513 Doug. iii. vii. 26 (Ruddim.).
Brusit clathis, and riche wedis, Figurit and pyrnyt [Sm. prynnit, C. prynnyt] all with golden thredis
Ib. viii. iii. 168 (Ruddim.)
Ane … knychtly wede, Pirnyt [C. prynnyt] and wouyn ful of fyne gold threde [L. Chlamydemque aurointertextam]
1536 Treas. Acc. VI. 460.
Quhit taffateis pirnit with silver
1562 Inv. Wardrobe 154.
Ane claith of estate of crammosie satine figurit pirnit with gold
1567 Edinb. Test. I. 59 b.
Canues pirnit with silk and siluer
1569 Inv. Q. Mary 185.
Thre leauche coitis of crammasie satyn pyrnit with quheit
(2) 1503 Treas. Acc. II. 307.
For iij elne pirnit satin gold
Ib. 317. 1506 Ib. III. 49.
The Kingis cote of pirnit satin
1536 Ib. VI. 459.
Pirnit ȝallow taffateis
1545 Reg. Great S. 733/1. 1547–8 Treas. Acc. IX. 160.
Pyrnit reid dalmes
1551–2 Ib. X. 52.
Ane orpheus of browdry werk wrocht witht gold and silver to ane chesople of his graces of pirnit satin
1566 Ib. XII. 35.
Thre elnis of pirnit cammes of silk the elne [18 s.]
1597 Paterson Ayr & Wigton II. 198.
Ane pair of courtenis of pirnit satin reid and quhyt
1615 Haddington Corr. 291.
Ane pand of pirnit stuff in ane peice
1611 (1627) Nat. Lib. MS. 5114 fol. 2 a.
Tua curtingis of pirnet stuff frenȝeit with the same cullor of worsat
1661 Brechin Test. VI. 206 b.
Tuo wolling and lining pirned courtins
(3) 1535 Stewart 51831.
Ane chyre … couerit … with crammasy rycht fyne Of pirnit gold that plesand wes but peir
(4) 1556–7 Dundee B. Ct. III. fol. iii b (23 March).
George Rollok procuratur … allegit the [said] clayth acclamit vnsufficient in collour & pirnit … Robert refferrit to the said Besseis aithe gif scho saw the said clayth without holis & all vther faltis or scho coft it
b. 1635 Haddington Corr. 300.
Ane stand of blew stuff courtenes o tuo peices with ane pand, ane stand of pirned of thrie peices with ane shewd pand

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