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See also:term used of a boy, lad or
See also:young male
See also:person in various capacities, positions or offices . The etymology is doubtful; the word is
See also:common to the Romanic
See also:languages; cf . O . Fr. and Span. page,
See also:Port. pagem, Ital. paggio . The Med .
See also:Lat. pagius has been commonly referred to Gr. iraubiov, diminutive of irais, boy, but the connexion is extremely doubtful . Others refer the word to the pueri paedagogiani, young slaves trained to become paedagogi (Gr. iraebaymyoi), or tutors to young boys attending school . Under the
See also:empire, numbers of such youths were attached to the imperial
See also:household for the purposes of ceremonial attendance on state occasions, thus occupying much the same position as that of the pages of a royal or
See also:noble household in
See also:medieval and
See also:modern times . In fact the term paedagogiani became
See also:equivalent to pueri honorarii, qui in palatio ministerio principis militabant (so Du Cange, Glossarium, s.v.) . Littre refers pagius to pagensis, i.e. rustic, belonging to the
See also:country districts (pagus), and adduces from this the fact that the pagii were not necessarily boys or youths; and quotes from
See also:Claude Fauchet (153o-16o1) the statement (
See also:Lib . I .
Orig. milit. cap. i.) that up to the
See also:time of
See also:Charles VI . (1368-1403) and Charles VII . (1403-1461) " le mot de Page . . . . sembloit etre seulement
See also:donne a de
See also:wiles personnes, comme a garcons de pied."
See also:Skeat (Etym .
See also:Diet.) points out that the
See also:form of the word in Portuguese, pagem, indicates the derivation from pagensis . The word " page " was applied in
See also:English to a boy or youth who was employed as an assistant to an older servant, acting as it were as an apprentice and learning his duties . In
See also:present usage the chief applications are: (a) to a boy or lad, generally wearing
See also:livery, and sometimes styled a " buttons," who is employed as a domestic servant; and (b) to a young boy who, dressed in
See also:costume, forms
See also:part of the bridal procession at weddings . The word is also used (c) as the title of various officials of different
See also:rank in royal and other households; thus in the
See also:British royal household there are pages of
See also:honour, a page of the
See also:chambers, pages of the presence, and pages of the back stairs . These, no doubt, descend from the pueri paedagogiani of the
See also:Roman imperial household through the young persons of noble or gentle
See also:birth, who, during the
See also:middle and later ages, served in the household of royal and noble persons, and received a training to
See also:fit them for their future position in society . In the times of chivalry the " page " was one who served a knight and was trained to
See also:knighthood, and ranked next to a
See also:squire . (See KNIGHTHOOD and
See also:VALET.) (2) In the sense of one side of a
See also:leaf of printed or written
See also:matter, the word is derived through Fr. from Lat. pagina (pangere, to fasten) .
NICOLO PAGANINI (1784-1840)
THOMAS NELSON PAGE (1853- )
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