heriot

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noun her·i·ot \ˈher-ē-ət\

Definition of heriot

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

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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