Definition of mainpernor in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmeɪnpəːnə/


(also mainpernour)
historical Law
  • A person who stands surety that another (especially a prisoner) will fulfil a legal obligation to appear in court on a specified day.


Middle English; earliest use found in Statutes of the Realm. From Anglo-Norman mainpernour, meinparnour, mainprenur from mainprendre to act as guarantee, probably after post-classical Latin manucapere.