heriot

noun
her·​i·​ot | \ ˈher-ē-ət How to pronounce heriot (audio) \

Definition of heriot

: a feudal duty or tribute due under English law to a lord on the death of a tenant

First Known Use of heriot

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heriot

Middle English, from Old English heregeatwe, plural, military equipment, from here army (akin to Old High German heri army) + geatwe equipment — more at harry

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“Heriot.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heriot. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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