A lad; a young man. In the year 1348 the clergy died so fast of
the Black Death that youths were admitted to holy orders by being
shaven. “William Bateman, Bishop of Norwich, dispensed with sixty
shavelings to hold rectories and other livings, that divine service
might not cease in the parishes over which they were appointed.” (Blom-field: History of Norfolk, vol. iii.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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