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    The meaning and origin of the expression: Motley crew

    Since at least the 14th century, 'motley' (with a variety of spellings) has been the name of a type of cloth made from two or more colours and, in later years, the name of clothing made from such cloth. There are several citings of motley in the late 14th century, including this from the Prologue of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales:

    "A marchant was there ... In motlee, and hye on hors he sat."

    The best-known wearers of motley were jesters of harlequins and the patchwork costume became their standard style of stage dress, as in this painting by Frans Hals, circa 1620.

    Fredrick Richwine · 893 days ago
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