al·​tar·​age | \ -rij\
plural -s

Definition of altarage

1 : the offerings made upon an altar or to a church
2 : the honorarium received by a priest for services at the altar
3 : endowments for masses for deceased persons

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First Known Use of altarage

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for altarage

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

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