victoriousvocabulary:

PIEPOWDER [aka PIEPOUDRE]

[noun]

1. a traveller; wayfarer; one who journeys away from home.

2. itinerant merchant; a chiefly used in Court of Piepowders, a summary court formerly held at fairs and markets to administer justice among itinerant dealers and others temporarily present.

Etymology: from French, literally “dusty foot”, referring to the travelling dealers, from French pied (“foot”) + poudreux (“dusty”).

[Antonio Javier Caparo]

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