noun wer·gild \ˈwər-ˌgild\
variants: or


play \ˈwer-ˌgeld\

Definition of wergild

  1. :  the value set in Anglo-Saxon and Germanic law upon human life in accordance with rank and paid as compensation to the kindred or lord of a slain person

Origin and Etymology of wergild

Middle English wergeld, from Old English, from wer man + -geld, alteration of gield, geld payment, tribute — more at geld

First Known Use: 13th century

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