hearth money

noun

Definition of hearth money

1 : peter's pence
2 : a 17th century English tax of two shillings on hearths in all houses paying the church and poor rates

called also chimney money

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First Known Use of hearth money

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hearth money.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearth%20money. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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