1) In this early usage ‘meat’ was food, and the meat-board was a dining table, that is boards supported on trestles.

c.1413 et en un metborde de longure dun waynscotte, York

1432 Item to Alice Page j met bord with j pare trysts, Scarborough

1485 j mete-burde with ij par of trysylls, York

1533 three meate burdys, and a dische burd, Pannal

1570 One table one little meat bourd, Hutton Conyers.

dates 1413 1432 1485 1533 1570

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