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Chyar, Chiar, n. Also: chyare, chyer(e, chier. [Variant of Chear(e. See also Chyre n.1] A chair.(a) 1457 Peebles B. Rec. 119.
A fader bed, a cruk, a chak, a chyar
1483 Acta Aud. *119/2.
j chyar, a jak, a ladil
a1500 Seven S. 1386.
Scho … set his chyar to the fire
Ib. 1513.
At the hie burd thai all sall sit And in a chyere of honour
a1500 Bk. Chess 461.
In a chyar scho suld be set on hicht
c1420 Wynt. iii. 41 (W).
Off his chyare … This king Eglone lowtit with that
1533 Boece i. ii. 35.
Gathele sitting in his merbill throne … This merbill was in maner of ane chyare
1644 Edinb. Test. LXI. 60.
Ane meikill chyer & tua littill chyeres
(b) c1420 Wynt. iii. 41 (C).
Off his chiar … This kynge Eglon rase wp
a1500 Bk. Chess 690.
A iuge intill a chiar sittand
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 246/20.
The kingis sete or chiar of merbill
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Mark xii. 39.
Be ye war of scribes, that … sit in synagogis in the first chieris
1531 Bell. Boece II. 237.
Malcolme was crownit in the fatal chiar of marbil
Id. Livy II. 211/21.
Quhen M. Fabius … was sittand in his chiar, makand charmys
1538 Treas. Acc. VI. 435.
Ane chiar and chalmer burd

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