Definition of frankpledge
: 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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