Prest

A financial device which enabled payments to be made in advance to members of the royal household and also departments of the household. It was often used outside England, when clerks and knights for example were away from their sources of income. Magnates had their own bankers, but most people relied upon prests, authorised by the treasurer of the *king's wardrobe. The accounts were maintained in a book known as prestita privata, i.e. private prests. [< OldFr. prester = to lend]

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  • Prest — Prest, a. [OF. prest, F. pr[^e]t, fr. L. praestus ready. Cf. {Presto}.] 1. Ready; prompt; prepared. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] All prest to such battle he was. R. of Gloucester. [1913 Webster] 2. Neat; tidy; proper. [Obs.] Tusser. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prest — Prest, n. [OF. prest, F. pr[^e]t, fr. OF. prester to lend, F. pr[^e]ter, fr. L. praestare to stand before, to become surety for, to fulfill, offer, supply; prae before + stare to stand. See {Pre }, and {Stand}, and cf. {Press} to force into… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prest — (pr[e^]st), imp. & p. p. of {Press}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prest — Prest, v. t. To give as a loan; to lend. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Sums of money . . . prested out in loan. E. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prest — (del fr. «prêt», préstamo, del sup. lat. «praestus», de «praesto»; ant.) m. Mil. Paga que se da diariamente a los *soldados. ≃ Pre. * * * prest. (Del fr. prêt, y este del lat. *praestus, de praesto). m. desus. Parte del haber del soldado que se… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • prest — prest; im·prest; …   English syllables

  • prest — /prɛst/ (say prest) verb Archaic past tense and past participle of press1 …   Australian English dictionary

  • prest — [prest] n. [ME preste < OFr < prester: see PRESS2] Obs. an advance of money, specif. one to men enlisting in the British army or navy adj. Obs. ready; prepared …   English World dictionary

  • prest — Mot Monosíl·lab Adverbi …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • prest- — *prest germ., Neutrum: nhd. Priester; ne. priest; Rekontruktionsbasis: an., ae., afries., as., ahd.; Interferenz: Lehnwort lat. presbyter; Etymologie …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • prest — (Del fr. prêt, y este del lat. *praestus, de praesto). m. desus. Parte del haber del soldado que se le entregaba en mano semanal o diariamente …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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