Definition of Pastance

1. Noun. (archaic) pastime ¹

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Definition of Pastance

1. a pastime [n -S] - See also: pastime

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pastance

past perfect
past perfect continuous
past perfect progressive
past perfect tense
past progressive
past progressive tense
past simple
past tense
past tenses
past times
pasta salad
pasta sauce
pastance (current term)
paste egg
pastel de nata

Literary usage of Pastance

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publications by Shakespeare Society (Great Britain) (1847)
"5 pastance.] Passe-temps, pastime, sport. So in act iv., sc. vi. " Do ye think, Dame Custance ... Truly, most dear spouse, nought was done but for pastance. ..."

2. Court and Society from Elizabeth to Anne by William Drogo Montagu Manchester (1864)
"In Harry's ' pastance with Good Company,' his favourite ballad, of which he wrote the music, and perhaps the words, the sentiment of his life is expressed ..."

3. Vernacular Writings of George Buchanan by George Buchanan (1892)
"—Montgomerie, ' The Flyting," 11. 573, 574. 15. Ane pastance ... Let him sit thair with ane mischance, And let us go to our pastance. ..."

4. The Poems of William Dunbar by William Dunbar, Aeneas James George Mackay, George Powell McNeill (1893)
"pastance=pastime. Fr. passe-temps. ... pastance ?" —' The Palice of Honour,' ip 17,1. 14. " pastance ..."

5. A Supplement to Dodsley's Old Plays by Robert Dodsley, Thomas Amyot, Alexander Dyce, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1853)
"And now am I sent to dame Christian Custance ; But I feare it will ende with a mock for pastance.5 1 Our dumps."] A tune : generally a mournful one. ..."

6. A Select Collection of Old English Plays by William Carew Hazlitt, Robert Dodsley, Richard Morris (1874)
"And now am I sent to dame Christian distance; But I fear it will end with a mock for pastance.1 I bring her a ring with a token in a clout, And by all guess ..."

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