from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tribute or service rendered to a feudal lord on the death of a tenant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the return of military equipment
- n. a payment made to a lord on the death of a tenant
- n. a tribute
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Formerly, a payment or tribute of arms or military accouterments, or the best beast, or chattel, due to the lord on the death of a tenant; in modern use, a customary tribute of goods or chattels to the lord of the fee, paid on the decease of a tenant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In English law, a feudal service, tribute, or fine, as the best beast or other chattel, payable to the lord of the fee on the decease of the owner, landholder, or vassal.
Middle English, from Old English heregeatu : here, army; see koro- in Indo-European roots + geatwe, equipment, arms.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English heregeatwa. (Wiktionary)