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Chesabil(l, -apill, n. Also: chesybill, -yll, chessabil(l, chezabil, ches(s)able, chasiable, chesabel(l, -obell, -ible; chissable, chizabill; chesipill, -epill, cheissepbill, chesaple, -ople. [ME. chesabyll, -apyll (15th c.), chesyble, cheisible (c 1300), chesiple, etc., OF. chesible, variant of chasuble. See also Chesseb.] A chasuble.(a) c1420 Wynt. v. 1256.
Qui Pridie, That is oysyd to be sayd, Quhen yhe se the chesybyll [C. chessabil] layde
Ib. ix. 598.
Ane other chesybill he gave alsua
1473–4 Treas. Acc. I. 19.
1 … elne of vellous for a chesabell to the Kingis closate
1496 Halyb. 70.
A chessabyll of blew sattin fegury
1510 Stirlings of Keir 293.
A chesabill of auld grene satene, ane alb, a stole
1512 Treas. Acc. IV. 368.
To the brodstaris to lyne the chessiblis vij elnis blak bukrame
1517 Misc. Spald. C. II. 79.
Tua abbis with chesabillis and all grayth, pertening to the altar for saying of mes
1538 Treas. Acc. VII. 43.
The chesable, frontar, pendikle of the Kingis chapel
1551 Old Dundee II. 66.
Six servietts, twa chezabils, and ane mess buke
1559 Cart. S. Giles p. cviii.
Ane chesobell of tany welwote
1560 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 374.
Ane keipe, ane chesabill, witht two tynnakillis
1561 Inv. Q. Mary 40.
Ane chasiable of crammosie veluot furnist with a stole and a fannoun only
1569 Ib. 184.
Ane caipe, ane chesible, and tua twnykis
(b) 1473–4 Treas. Acc. I. 64.
vij elne of bukcrame to lyne ij chissablis
1537 Ib. VI. 300.
For mending of certane chissablis quhilkis war revin with the rattonis
1554 Acts & Decr. X. 280.
Ane chisabill of blak welwote
(c) 1454 Old Dundee II. 24.
Twa albs, twa chesipills with stolis
c 1531 Reg. Soltre 214.
All thyngis concernand to the kyrk as bukkis, albis, caippis, cheissepbillis, stolis [etc.]
1531–2 Treas. Acc. VI. 22.
Dammes to be ane chesapill
For making of the said chesaple … and stole
1551–2 Ib. X. 52.
For ane orpheus of browdry werk … to ane chesople … For making of the said chesepill
1559 Fam. Rose 227.
Ane chesapill and ane tennakill off reid damas

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