prisage

noun

pri·​sage
ˈprīzij,
prēˈzäzh
variants or less commonly prise
ˈprīz,
-rēz
plural -s
1
a
: the right of the crown under old English law to take one tun of wine from every ship importing from 10 to 20 tuns and 2 tuns from every ship importing 20 or more compare butlerage
b
: wine so taken
2
: the share of merchandise taken as lawful prize at sea that belongs to the king under old English law

Word History

Etymology

prisage from Middle English prise prisage + -age; prise from Middle English, from Old French, act of taking, seizure (booty)

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near prisage

Cite this Entry

“Prisage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prisage. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!