Late ME < OFr < L. plivium < plevīre, warrant, assure, undertake for, engage.
- Property; pawn; object given to a creditor to insure repayment of a debt; [fig.] life; mortal existence; right to take away life given to Death for the loan of time.
pledge [-s] v
Late ME plege or OFr plegier, to guarantee, bail.
- Promise; deposit in pawn; offer as payment; present as collateral to secure a loan.
- Toast; drink to the health of; demonstrate fidelity by proposing a toast in honor of.