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Gloss
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1. Definition

In Aristotle’s Poetics, “gloss” (Greek glōssa; Lat. glossa, verbum peregrinum, verbum gentilium; New Lat. glosa; French glose; Italian glossa) denoted an archaic or dialectal word used by a poet as literary embellishment. The Roman rhetorician Quintilian characterized a gloss as the type of word through which barbarolexis (“a barbarizing expression”) was realized. However, in his Etymologiae of around 600, Isidore of Seville no longer s…

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Rohmer, Ernst, “Gloss”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 17 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020306>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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