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singing at a brayde

There's an old message asking the meaning of "brayde" in the carol sir Christemas of c.1500. It doesn't seem to have received an answer. Is there anybody who knows what "wherefore sing we at a brayde" means?
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on November 17, 2013 10:45am
There are a couple of different answers at this link:
 
on November 17, 2013 11:59am
The OED gives 'on a braid, at a braid' meaning 'on a sudden, unawares', based on the two basic meanings of the obsolete word 'braid': (1) 'sudden movement' and (2) 'moment, short space of time'.
 
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Steve
on November 17, 2013 12:25pm
The original English meaning is 'broad' or 'wide'.
 
Hope this helps,
 
Stuart McIntosh
on November 17, 2013 3:58pm
Are you sure? The OED refers to the everb 'to braid', for which the etymology is as follows:
Common Germanic: Old English bregdan (past tense brægd , brugdon , participle brogden ) = Old Saxon bregdan(Middle Dutch breiden , Dutch breien ), Old High German brettan (Middle High German bretten ), Old Norse bregða < Germanic*bregd-an (extended < *breg- ), with root-meaning ‘to pull quickly hither and thither, to move suddenly to and fro’.
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Steve
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