A-Z of Shakespeare – F


Today’s Shakespearean word of the day is… foison


Pronounced foy-zun, foison means abundance.

In Macbeth, Macduff tells Malcolm that ‘Scotland hath foisons to fill up your will’ (Macbeth, 4.3.88) – an abundance of things to satisfy his greed.

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This definition is taken from the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, a unique dictionary to unlock the mysteries of Shakespeare’s world, words and language, compiled by renowned English language expert David Crystal and Shakespearean actor and producer Ben Crystal.