Montem

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Montem A custom, formerly practiced by the scholars at Eton school, England, of going every third year, on Whittuesday, to a hillock near the Bath road, and exacting money from all passers-by, to support at the university the senior scholar of the school.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n montem The name given to an ancient English custom, prevalent among the scholars of Eton till 1847, which consisted in their proceeding every third year on Whit-Tuesday to a tumulus or mound near the Bath road, and exacting “money for salt,” as it was called, from all persons present, or passers-by. The sum so collected was given to the captain, or senior scholar, and was intended to assist in defraying the expenses of his residence at the university. The “salt-money” has been known to reach nearly £1,000.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Montem mon′tem a former custom of Eton boys to go every third Whit-Tuesday to a hillock on the Bath road and exact 'salt-money' from passers-by, for the university expenses of the senior scholar or school captain.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ad montem, to the hillock. See Mount (n.)

Usage

In literature:

Horrida tempestas montem turbavit acutum.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Horrida tempestas montem turbavit acutum.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
Salt-cellar used for holding the Salt at Montem time.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, April 4, 1891" by Various
Nobody knew anything about me, and as I made my appearance there one Montem day, the board of guardians named me Montem.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December, 1885" by Various
I mean to be with you by next Montem.
"Life of Lord Byron, Vol. I. (of VI.)" by Thomas Moore
Nonne scitis cur Galli sub montem sese contulerint?
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
Mentula conatur Pipleum scandere montem: Musae furcillis praecipitem eiciunt.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
Not one of those cautioned has ventured to proceed to the Montem.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
Mrs. Talbot, you look but poorly; but this Montem will put everybody in spirits.
"The Parent's Assistant" by Maria Edgeworth
Trebelli, Mr. Sims Reeves, Signor Bettini, Mr. Montem Smith, Mr. Santley, Signor Bossi, and Mr. Weiss.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
Curia de Stonle ad quam Sokemanni faciebant sectam solebat ab antiquo teneri super montem iuxta uillam de Stonle vocatam Motstowehull.
"Villainage in England" by Paul Vinogradoff
Not one of those cautioned has ventured to proceed to the Montem.
"Curiosities of Civilization" by Andrew Wynter
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