Definition of wergild
: the value set in Anglo-Saxon and Germanic law upon human life in accordance with rank and paid as compensation to the kindred or lord of a slain person
Variants of wergild
Origin of wergild
Middle English wergeld, from Old English, from wer man + -geld, alteration of gield, geld payment, tribute — more at geld
First Known Use: 13th century
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