frankpledge

noun
frank·​pledge | \ ˈfraŋk-ˌplej How to pronounce frankpledge (audio) \

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

First Known Use of frankpledge

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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“Frankpledge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frankpledge. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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