frankpledge

noun frank·pledge \ ˈfraŋk-ˌplej \

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 and Etymology of frankpledge

Middle English frankeplegge, from Anglo-French francplege (probably translation of Middle English friborg peace pledge), from franc free + plege pledge


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