Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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AUCHTSOME, n., used also attrib. A company of eight persons; a dance in which eight persons take part. Bnff. 1932 2 :
The auchtsome reel's a capital dance, an' it's comin' into fashion again.
  Id. 1932:
There wiz fower strappin' young chiels an' fower sonsy dames; they made a gran' auchtsome.
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 224:
I ken she had an auchtsome or a ninesome family.

[O.Sc. (16th cent.) auchtsum, one of eight. Mid.Eng. ȝt-sum, c.1325 E.E. Allit. P. B.411 (N.E.D.). From O.E. eahta (used as a + sum.]

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