scutage

noun
scu·​tage | \ ˈskü-tij How to pronounce scutage (audio) , ˈskyü- \

Definition of scutage

: a tax levied on a vassal or a knight in lieu of military service

First Known Use of scutage

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scutage

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

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“Scutage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scutage. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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