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diminutive of faunt: aphetic form of Old French enfaunt, enfant. The shortened form has not been found in French, but Italian has the corresponding fante boy, servant, foot-soldier, whence German fant
From: Morte Arthure:
The Alliterative Romance of the Death of King Arthur
Printed from a Manuscript in Lincoln Cathedral
Edited by James Orchard Halliwell, 1847
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