lay fee

noun

Definition of lay fee

: a fee in land held on condition of the rendering of secular as opposed to religious services — compare frankalmoign, peter's pence

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History and Etymology for lay fee

Middle English, from lay entry 5 + fee

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“Lay fee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lay%20fee. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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