maritage

noun mar·i·tage \ ˈmarətij \
variants: or less commonly maritagium

Definition of maritage

plural maritages \-jə̇z\ also maritagia \-ēə\
1 :the property brought to a husband by a wife according to feudal custom upon her marriage
2 a :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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Origin and Etymology of maritage

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


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