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frankpledge

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noun frank·pledge \ˈfraŋk-ˌplej\

Definition of frankpledge

  1. :  an Anglo-Saxon system under which each adult male member of a tithing was responsible for the good conduct of the others; also :  the member himself or the tithing



Origin of frankpledge

Middle English frankeplegge, from Anglo-French francplege (probably translation of Middle English friborg peace pledge), from franc free + plege pledge


First Known Use: 15th century


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