bonaght

noun
bon·​aght | \ ˈbänəḵt \
plural -s

Definition of bonaght

: a tax formerly imposed by Irish chieftains upon their people for the quartering of soldiers

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History and Etymology for bonaght

borrowed from Irish buannacht, from buanna “billeted soldier, professional soldier, mercenary” (derivative of buan “permanent, lasting”) + -acht, noun suffix

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“Bonaght.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bonaght. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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