lastage

noun

last·​age
-tij
plural -s
: a port duty for the privilege of loading a ship

Word History

Etymology

Middle English lestage tax levied on traders at fairs or markets, ballast of a ship, from Middle French lastage, lestage ballast of a ship, lastage, from laster to ballast (from Old Frisian hlesta to load & Middle Dutch lasten to load; akin to each other and both descended from a prehistoric denominative from the root of Old English hlæst load) + -age

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lastage was in the 13th century

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“Lastage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lastage. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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