Allah
the Arabic name for God, used in Islam and some other religions
amber
a hard translucent fossil resin, yellow, orange or brownish-yellow in colour
attaché case
a rectangular briefcase with rigid sides
azure
the colour of a clear blue sky
beaver
the thick brown fur of the beaver, a large aquatic rodent
black-marks book
a book in which misdemeanours are noted
bulbous
resembling a bulb shape: rounded or swollen
bunker
a sandpit on a golf course
c.g.
centre of gravity: the point in a body or system where the force of gravity acts
calumny
slander
carnal
sensual
chivalry
courtesy, deference and protectiveness towards women
Citroën
a French car manufacturing company founded in 1919
cobalt blue
a greenish blue or a very bright blue
craven
cowardly
crème de la crème
a superlative example of something
crêpe de Chine
a fine, light silk or cotton fabric with a crinkled surface
crest
an emblem or badge, usually depicting a coat of arms
cut capers
frolicked or romped
dispensation
exemption from a rule
dragoman
a guide and interpreter, especially in countries where Arabic, Turkish or Persian is spoken
drapery
clothing arranged in loose folds
droll
buffoon or jester
Elder
term used in the Presbyterian Church for a lay individual who is involved in the management of church affairs
ellipse
a regular oval
endowed rates
reduced or non-existent fees, because of the costs being met by a benefactor of the school
Episcopalian
belonging to the Scottish Episcopal Church which has links with the Anglican Church
erstwhile
in former times
eyrie
the nest of a bird of prey, built in a high inaccessible place
festal
relating to feasting or celebration
flunkey
a lackey or a male servant such as a footman
folkweave
made of material with a loose weave and a rough, irregular texture
folly-turret
a small circular building with a tower added to the corner of a house for decorative effect rather than usefulness
Founder's Day
a day set aside to celebrate the memory of the person who established an institution such as a school or college
girdle
a belt or sash worn around the waist
Gospels
the four books of the New Testament of the Christian Bible (Matthew; Mark; Luke; and John)
grille
a small opening through which some sort of business is transacted
hacking
frequent, shallow and feeble
harlequin outfit
an outfit including multi-coloured tights and a mask
hieroglyphics
mysterious symbols
Holy Ghost
also known as the Holy Spirit - one of the Holy Trinity (the three forms in which God is said to manifest himself)
horse-power
a unit of power (usually applied to motor vehicles) equal to 746 watts
humane
related to 'the humanities' - subjects such as the classics, philosophy, literature and art
incarnate
embodied in human form
Industrial Revolution
the rapid expansion of industry which took place in Britain in the late 18th and early 19th century
leaven
a substance, such as yeast, which is used to induce fermentation in a dough or liquid
linoleum
a floor covering made of natural materials including linseed oil - often abbreviated to lino
long division
a process of division in arithmetic where each stage of the process is written down
mantilla
a silk or lace scarf which covers the head and shoulders, worn mostly by women in Spain and Latin America
May trees
another name for hawthorn trees
Meccanos
Children's metal construction sets for making mechanical models, first developed in 1901
menarche
a girl's first menstrual period
mensarum
the genitive form of the Latin plural word 'mensae' ( i.e. 'of tables'/'of the tables')
mien
bearing or manner
mind
remember - as in 'I mind when Miss Brodie first came to the school'
Moslems
those who practice the Islamic faith
musquash
the muskrat - a beaver-like aquatic rodent with glossy brown fur
niblick
a golf club with a round,heavy head
ochre
name given to a type of red or yellow iron ore, or to colours which match those of the ores
Philistines
those who are ignorant of, or despise, intellectual and spiritual matters, art and beauty
pirouettes
ballet movements involving a full turn of the body on the ball of one foot or the point of one toe
qualifying examination
an examination, sometimes known as the 'control examination' which was taken at the age of 12, on leaving primary school
rattle-snaked
wriggled or writhed like the snake known as a 'rattle-snake'
red herrin
smoked herring
ringlets
locks of hair curled to create a spiral effect
roundhouse
a cabin on the quarterdeck of a ship (the part of a ship which is reserved for official and ceremonial functions)
run and fell seam
a seam made on the right side of a garment; one edge is then trimmed and folded under the other edge; the whole seam is then topstitched on the right side. It is often to be seen on denim jeans
Sabbath
Sunday in the Christian religion
saws
sayings
scullery
a small room near the kitchen where utensils are washed and rough household chores are carried out
seditious
promoting action or rebellion
stanzas
the sections into which a poem is divided, all of which usually contain the same number of lines and the same patterns of rhyme and meter
still-life
a painting of inanimate objects such as fruit or flowers
stoppage
blockage in the gut
sweetbreads
animals glands (such as the thymus or the testicles) used in cookery
the Cause
the Jacobite cause (the attempt to restore kings of the House of Stuart to the British throne)
the Change
Now generally used for the end of menstruation (the menopause) but here used for its onset
thingummyjig
used to denote something the proper name of which someone does not remember or does not wish to use
tramcar
a public transport vehicle which runs on tracks and is electrically-powered by an overhead cable
treatise
a formal, systematic discussion of a particular topic in a book or article
tussore
a light brown silk fabric
tweed
a thick woollen fabric which originated in Scotland
velour
a heavy fabric similar to velvet
witch-hazel
the flowering plant, Hamamelis, the astringent extract of which has medicinal and cosmetic uses
wont
habit or custom
Wrens
WRNS was the Women's Royal Naval Service, the female branch of the Royal Navy, of which it is now an integral part