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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).

Fiften(e, Fyften(e, num. Also: fiftein(e, -tine; fyftein(e, -teyne, -tyne; fyfeten, -teyne, -tine, fyiftene, -teine; fyveten(e, -teine, fywten, -tein, fiwten, fivetene, -teine. [ME. fiften(e, fyften(e, also five-, fyveten(e, OE. fífténe, fíftýne.]

1. Fifteen: a. Attributive.(a) 1375 Barb. ii. 230.
Thar fayis war may then thai Be fiften hunder
1492 Acta Conc. 226/1.
Fiftene ȝoung ky with calffis
1507 Edinb. Chart. 191.
For the space of acht dais or fiftene dais
1583 St. A. Test. II. 2 b.
Fiftene bollis ait maill
(b) a1400 Leg. S. i. 169.
He … thar wes fullely fyften ȝere
c1420 Wynt. iii. 509.
Quhen that he wes … Off fyftene yhere eld
1546 Reg. Cupar A. II. 35.
Fyftyne bollis … of gude sufficient bere
1567 Edinb. Test. I. 25 b.
Fyfteine dowbill ducattis
1596 Dalr. II. 27/18.
In this feild ware slane of Inglismen fyftine hunder
1598 Acts IV. 175/2.
The fyftein sous pece … at fyftein schillingis
1599 Crim. Trials II. 81.
He … sould haif bene summond vpone a fyftene dayis wairning
1618 Edinb. Test. L. 165.
Fyfteine cloik craigis buttonis
1655 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 155.
This fyftein ȝeirs bygane
(c) 1441–2 Foulis Chart. MS. (Reg. H.) 18 Jan.
I oblis me … to pay … fyfetene hundir markis
a1568 Scott iii. 45.
Fleiche with fyiftene for feir sumpart ȝe felȝie
1582 Grant Chart. 155.
Summa in silwer, fyiften hunderithe merkis
1604 Misc. Hist. Soc. II. 245.
Ane assignasion … off fayftine chalders vituall
1613 Highland P. III. 131.
For fyifteine monethis eftir the date of that act
1644 11th Rep. Hist. MSS. Append. vi. 57.
Ane pours with fayftin medels
(d) a1400 Leg. S. i. 293.
He … fyveten ȝere thar dwelling made
Ib. xxix. 531.
For fywten ȝere
1500 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 41.
He sall pay fivetene schillingis Scottis mony
1515 Douglas Chart. 318.
The yer of God a thowsand fyve hundreth and fyvetene yerres
1543 Reg. Cupar A. II. 23.
Fiveteine bollis … of gude beir
1554 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 256.
Fivetene barrellis salmond
1604 Elgin Rec. II. 120.
Sonday come a fyveten days
1623 Ib. 181.
On Sunday was fyvtein dayis

b. Absolute. Also with of. c1420 Wynt. ii. 548.
Thre scor off bodyis and fyftene
?1438 Alex. ii. 4492.
Neir fyftene in that place Was lyand deid
c1475 Wall. iii. 354.
Fyfteyne he tuk, and to the toune went thai
Ib. v. 801.
Fyfteyn in feild war slayne
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xlvii. 28.
Quhair I of a joy couth tell, I culd of truble tell fyftene
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 880.
Of the Scottis wer slane fyftene
a1568 Scott iii. 45.
Fleiche with fyiftene for feir sum part ȝe felȝie
a1585 Maitl. Q. xxxv. 139.
I doe knaw Of gud wemen fiftein

c. Fiftenesum, a company of fifteen. a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 471.
Thow fylde faster than fyftenesum mycht lawe [= lave]

2. Fifteenth.(a) 1375 Barb. ii. 17.
On the fyften day
a1400 Leg. S. xxix. 655.
To Rom the fywten day thai com
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxvi. 1.
Off Februar the fyiftene nycht
1527 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 377.
Of oure regne the fiftene yeire
1558 Q. Kennedy Tractive 104.
In the fiftene chapitre of the Actis of the Apostles
a1578 Pitsc. I. 2/2.
Sen the fyftie aucht ȝeir wnto the thrie scoir fyftein ȝeir
1592 Douglas Chart. 311.
The fyifteine day of Fabruar
(b) 15.. Clar. iii. 3127.
Thair come … be the fyvetine day Awcht thousand speiris
1558-66 Knox II. 138.
The fyvetene day of Januare following
1579 Irvine Mun. I. 68.
The fyvetane day of August
1604 Douglas Corr. 245.
The fyvtein day of Marche
1616 Logie Par. Hist. I. 79.
The fywtein of this instant

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