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 heriet, heriette, heriot, going back to Old English heregeatwe "arms and gear of a soldier, payment due to a lord on the death of a retainer (originally, at least notionally, arms given a retainer by the lord and hence returned to him)," from here "body of armed men" + geatwe "trappings, adornments," probably reduced form of getāwa "apparatus, implements," collective noun derivative of tāwian "to prepare, make" — more at harry, taw entry 1

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“Heriot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heriot. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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