plural -s
: the offerings made upon an altar or to a church
: the honorarium received by a priest for services at the altar
: endowments for masses for deceased persons

Word History


alteration (influenced by altar) of Middle English awterage, from Anglo-French auterage, from Old French auter, alter altar (from Latin altare) + -age

First Known Use

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of altarage was in 1536

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“Altarage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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