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Ellevin, Elevin, num. and a. Also: ellevyn(e, -evine, -eivine, -eavine, -even; ellewyn, -ewin, elewin; elevine, -eivine, -ivine, -eavin, -evein, -even. [ME. elleven(e, -evin, eleven, etc., OE. ellefne. Cf. Alevin and Levin.]

1. The number eleven.A long vowel in the second syllable (as in the mod. dial. eleeven) is indicated by the spelling el(l)eivine.(a) 1391 Lennox Mun. 43.
The ȝer of grace i m. iii c. fourescore and ellevyn
c1500 Crying of Play 43.
Ellevyne ell wyde met was his mouth
1525 Reg. Great S. 114/1.
Uncias argenti puri quod esset ad minus ellevin penny fyne
1549 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 439.
Payand … elleuin bollis meill … for the saidis smyddie and mylne croftis
1558-66 Knox II. 381.
Ellevin baronis and lairdis … war that day foirfalted
1597 Acts IV. 136/1.
His hienes and his said nobilitie, counsale and estaitis … to the nowmer of ellevin personis at the leist
1611 Crim. Trials III. i. 169.
Efter ellevin a clok
1648 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 132.
Elleivine thousand merkis
1652 Peebles B. Rec. 396.
To stand at the Croce … from ellevine to tuelve hores
1674 Highland P. I. 262.
Shootting … to the number of elleavine shotts
(b) 1411 Ayr Friars Pr. Chart. 45.
The yer of grace a thousand four hundreth and ellewin
c1420 Wynt. iv. 641.
Ellewyn thousand men, … In to the feld assemblyd ware
1506 Crim. Trials I. 376.
He being kepit in the caschielawis ellewin dayis and ellewin nychtis
a1578 Pitsc. I. 76/7.
Thair was slaine … the governour … and ellewin wtheris nobill men
1608 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 32.
The ecclips of the sone … betuix ten and ellewin houris befor nwn
1651 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 117.
He haid preached elewin sermones on the said cap. sex yeiris agoe
(c) 1559 Misc. Wodrow Soc. 274.
At elevin of the cloik befoir none
1560 Rolland Seven S. 2226.
Set all on sex and seuin, and perchance cast eleuin
1648 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 143.
On Fuirsday nixt at eleivine houris
1671 Soc. Ant. XXVI. 195.
The second day of September [1600] threiscore eleavin yeires
1681 Blackness Customs 34 b.
Elevein peis butcloathes valu fourty six pounds Scotts
1682 Melrose R. Rec. III. 3.
About elevine acloake at night

2. adj. Eleventh. 1455 Melville Chart. 40.
Of our regne the ellewyn yhere
1687 Mun. Univ. Glasg. II. 346.
The eleven day of October

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