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Main(e, Mayn(e, Ma(i)gne, Mane, a. [OF. maine, ma(i)gne, L. magnus.] Only in Charlis (the) maine, Charles the Great, Charlemagne. — 1456 Hay I. 217/10.
Gude King Charles Maigne and his successouris, kingis of Fraunce
a1500 Rauf C. 205.
Gentill Charlis the mane
1535 Stewart 30478. Ib. 30507.
Chairlis the mane
a1538 Abell 2* b. Ib. 14 b.
Chairlys the mayn
1552 Reg. Privy C. I. 129.
Sen the tyme of Achaus kyng of Scotland and Chairlis the maine king of France
? 1572 Maitland Sat. P. xxxvi. 99. 1596 Dalr. I. 264/25.
Charles the magne

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