Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old French cloth measure, varying around the country, but at Paris equivalent to 0.95 of an English ell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A French cloth measure, of different parts of the country (at Paris, 0.95 of an English ell); -- now superseded by the meter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A French cloth-measure, now superseded as a standard measure by the meter.

Etymologies

French. See alnage. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When describing the interior of Formosans 'dwellings, he wrote that they were furnished primarily with "small, flat trunks, about two feet [demi-aune] long, which are filled with Indian-style clothing, which they exchange for deerskins and venison."

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • Je vie des visages long comme un aune, change de couleur vingt fois pendant que je parlois.

    The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 3

  • I have only to add then that Mr. Cairnes has taken charge of 15. aunes of black lace for you at 9 livres the aune, purchased by Petit and therefore I hope better purchased than some things have been for you; and that I am with sincere esteem Dear Madam your affectionate humble servt.,

    Letters

  • I suppose that, of the same quality, a table cloth 2. aunes wide and 4. aunes long, and 20 napkins of 1. aune each, would cost 7. guineas.

    Letters

  • Aakhir sabai jana balekai aago tapchan, tyesai le hamile Bharat ko petrol charera aago nabalera thulo bhul garyun, tara aune pusta le tyesto bhul na garun!

    United We Blog! for a Democratic Nepal

  • It is said to be the Ancient Ulna, or Aune, and to have origin as early as the time of Ethelbert, first Christian king of Kent, who reigned from the year five hundred and sixty-one, to six hun - dred and sixteen; and that Henry recognized, adopted, and established it, in preference to a longer aune, be - cause it happened to be of the length of his arm.

    Journal of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

  • Lorsque les eaux se sont évaporées, et que la vase est presque sèche, les habitans prennent des bâtons d'environ une aune de long, qu'ils enfoncent dans la vase, et ils y trouvent quantité de grands et petits poissons. "

    Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • Lorsque les eaux se sont évaporées, et que la vase est presque séche, les habitans prennant des bâtons d'environ une aune do long, qu'ils enfoncent dans la vase, et ils y trouvent quantité de grands et petits poissons. "

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon

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