frank·​pledge ˈfraŋk-ˌplej How to pronounce frankpledge (audio)
: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frankpledge was in the 15th century

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“Frankpledge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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