variants or marcheta
or less commonly merchet
plural -s
: a fee paid to a British feudal lord by his tenant for marrying off a daughter or son especially to one outside the lord's jurisdiction or for the lord's waiving the droit du seigneur

Word History


Middle English merchet, from Anglo-French, from Latin mercatus trade, market place

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“Marchet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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