mar·​i·​tage | \ ˈmarətij \
variants: or less commonly maritagium \ ˌ⸗⸗ˈtājēəm \
plural maritages\ -​jə̇z \ also maritagia\ -​ēə \

Definition of maritage

1 : the property brought to a husband by a wife according to feudal custom upon her marriage
2a : the right of a feudal lord to dispose in a marriage of the heiress, minor heir, or widow of a vassal
b(1) : a payment made by a vassal in return for the lord's waiver of such right
(2) : a fine imposed on a vassal for his violation of such right

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History and Etymology for maritage

Medieval Latin maritagium, from Old French mariage, maritage, marriage

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“Maritage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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