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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).
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Ren(e, Rean(e, n. [Late ME and e.m.E. rene (c1440; rh. beene = bean), ren (c1500), rean(e (1565–6), MF renne, rene (late 15th c. and 1573 in Larousse), earlier resne (1080 in Larousse), AF redne, Romanic *retina, f. L. retinēre Retene v., replacing L. retināculum halter, tether. Cf. Renȝe n. and Rein n.] (A) rein. a. = Renȝe n. 1. b. fig. = Renȝe n. 2.a. a1500 Lanc. 2827.
Who may he be, ȝhone knycht So still that hovith and sterith not his ren
1513 Doug. xi xiii 51 (Ruddim.).
He fordward stoupand was, … To hynt his hors rene [C. reyn]
1533 Bell. Livy I 1/3.
Bellona … Sister of Mars and ledare of his rene
1513 Doug. xii vi 151.
He the renys in hys ryght hand hynt
c1590 Fowler I 188/2.
Of Cupids chariott the triumphant reanes
b. 1533 Boece 30b.
Kingis has na oppin rene [: sustene] To use all pleseiris as thaym likis best
1584 Melvill 187.
The reanes of discipline

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