Definition of lastage
: a port duty for the privilege of loading a ship
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Origin and Etymology of lastage
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
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