scu·​tage ˈskü-tij How to pronounce scutage (audio)
: a tax levied on a vassal or a knight in lieu of military service

Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin scutagium, from Latin scutum shield — more at esquire

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scutage was in the 15th century

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“Scutage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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