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 A prio’ri [Latin, from an antecedent].Apron-string Tenure (An). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Apron.
 
This is a strange blunder. A napperon, converted into An apperon. “Napperon” is French for a napkin, from nappe (cloth in general). Halliwell, in his Archaic Dictionary, p. 571, gives Nappern (an apron) North.   1
        Other examples of n attached to the following noun, or detached from it, are an adder for a nadder (Old English, nœddre); a newt for an ewt; a nag (Danish, ög); nuncle (Shakespeare), mine uncle; For the nonce (this once), where n is transferred from the preceding pronoun tha-n or the-n, i.e. this-n (accusative case after “for”).
 


 A prio’ri [Latin, from an antecedent].Apron-string Tenure (An). 

 
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