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Page, Paige, n.1 Also: pag, paage, padge; payge, paidge; pea(d)ge; pege. [ME. page (Cursor M.), payge (15th c.), OF. page, med. L. pagius, of uncertain ulterior origin. Cf. Eng. dial. (south-east midl.) page a shepherd's attendant.]

1. A boy; a lad or youth; a stripling.(1) 1375 Barb. i. 289.
He … wes than bot a litill page Bot syne he wes off gret waslage
?1438 Alex. ii. 2700.
Bot of body he was na page [: visage]
a1500 K. Hart 283.
He agane wes crabbit at the page [: age]
1513 Doug. vi. ii. 73.
He [my father] sufferit … Ful huge pane as he had beyn a page Abufe the strenth and common curs of age
Ib. vii. i. 59. 1535 Stewart 29146.
Into ane heremetage Quhair he remanit sen he wes ane page
(2) 1513 Doug. i. Prol. 112.
And [I] spekis as I lernyt quhen I was page
Ib. v. Prol. 24.(b) a1568 Bann. MS. 256 b/9.
Quhen I wes pege I did vaslege and sped my erand sone Now is that rege turn'd in dotage
(3) 1375 Barb. iii. 755.
Bath man & page Knelyt and maid the King homage
c1420 Wynt. viii. 2788. 1513 Doug. xiii. iv. 22.
Followys wepand knycht, swane, man and page
1535 Stewart 14727. Ib. 19692.
Bayth ȝoung and ald, bayth euery man and paige
1540 Lynd. Sat. 4148.
Man or page [B. pege]
(b) 1531 Bell. Boece (M) II. 57.
Nothir man, wife nor paage [was] left on live

2. A youth attending upon another as his assistant in some line of service while learning from him, and so corresponding to an apprentice in a trade; a low-grade male servant or assistant; a novice, tyro.(a) ?1438 Alex. ii. 4139.
At stering him semit na page
c1460 Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 449.
Worthy men gangand one fut as pagis or seruandis, quhilkis for wisdome war worthi to be princis peris
1494 Loutfut MS. 7 b.
Thai mak [officers of arms] … of rebauldis [etc.] … murderaris pagis & folkis without clergy memour or wnderstanding
1513 Doug. xiii. Prol. 173.
And the hyrd callis furth apon hys pege, ‘Do dryve the catall to thar pasturage’
15.. Lichtoun Dreme 74.
Traist ȝe weill this pvnder thocht him na page [B. pege]
1557 Acts & Decr. XV. 167.
Ane schip [etc.] … with the boyis and paygis thairof
1567 G. Ball. 9.
Nor wis … his maide nor page Nor ony guddis that is his
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxviii. 28.
Thair is no proffeit for a paige
1589-1600 Skipper's Acc. (Morton) 68 a.
Adem Gram is awne me ane croune of the sone for the boye the pege
(b) a1540 Freiris Berw. 448 (B).
I haif ane pege [M. page] … Quhen evir I list will cum to me vnknawin

b. One at the lower end of a social scale; a low fellow.Also, pagis pere, id.(1) c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 313 (Ch. & M.).
That page wes neuer of sic price for to presome anys Vnto my persone to be peir
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 411.
And sparis nocht the prince more than the paige
a1568 Scott vi. 28.
A leddy als for luf to tak Ane propir page hir tyme to pas
1573 Davidson Sat. P. xlii. 273.
Asweill … As sum that haldis thame for na pages
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 195/3.
Play na maire nor ye caire to caste among paages
(2) 1529 Lynd. Complaynt 216.
Thus lauborit thay … That thay become no pagis peris
a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 669.
Of vowsters & new startups … He thinks himself no pages peir

3. A knight's page: a youth being trained for knighthood attending a knight on foot and not yet advanced to the rank of squire. 1375 Barb. xix. 693.
A page of ouris we sall nocht tyne
?1438 Alex. ii. 6128.
Now gangis the page … Furth in stede of messingare
1456 Hay II. 15/11.
Bot thai ordanyt him a squier and a varlet page … the page to kepe his hors
1513 Doug. ii. ii. 133.
Blyth was page and knycht
1608 Crim. Trials II. 558.

4. A boy or youth employed as an attendant on a person of rank. Also fig.Also, page of honour.(1) 1540 Misc. Hist. Soc. X. 37.
The pagys at the Kingis graice command
1552 Treas. Acc. X. 90.
My lord govenouris page
1559 Ib. XI. 16.
To Adam Dundas, of new passit page
1565 Ib. 440.
To Johnie Pawtoun, keipar of the pagis
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 108/1.
Minoris sicc as younge lordis to be brocht up in youre cumpanie or pagis & siclyke
1598 Stirling Ant. III. 308.
The ij pag sek
1600 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. 666/1.
The Duc of Savoy hes repaird to this cuntrie withe … 40 pageis [etc.]
1603 Montgomery Mem. II. 247. 1603 Philotus xx. a1686 Turner Mem. 263.
One Maitland who is a capt. in my brothers regiment and was once D.L. padge
(b) 1566 Reg. Privy S. V. ii. 243/1.
Lie paige
1578 Reg. Privy S. VII. 267/1.
The cleithis of his hienes paigeis and allacayis
a1578 Pitsc. II. 191/26. c1610 Melville Mem. 42.
A paige cam fourth and bad him stand bak, saying that the King wes empeschit
1630 Misc. New Spald. C. I. 154. 1661–70 Old Ross-shire i. 143.(c) 1564–5 Reg. Privy S. V. i. 549/1.
Peage and servand to hir grace
1580 Treas. Acc. MS. 36 (2).
Ane of his maiesties peadges
c1615 Chron. Kings 161. 16.. Hist. Kennedy 10.fig. 1685 Sinclair Satan's Inv. World Postscript 240.
The devil hath his laikies and pages with Christs livery upon them
(2) 1600 Crim. Trials II. 237.
Paige of honour
Ib. 296.
Paidge of honour to his majestie

5. A stable-boy, groom. a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxviii. 28.
The hors boyis ar hurt of thair waige, Thair is no proffeit for a paige

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