last·​age | \ -tij \
plural -s

Definition of lastage

: a port duty for the privilege of loading a ship

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First Known Use of lastage

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Lastage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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