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- n. A sum paid to a lord as a pecuniary compensation for killing his vassal, servant, or tenant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sum paid to a lord as a pecuniary compensation for killing his man (that is, his vassal, servant, or tenant).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old law, a compensation or recompense, made in money, for the killing of a man: usually due to the lord of the slain person.
From Old English manbōt ("fine paid to the lord of a slain man or vassal"), equivalent of man + bote. (Wiktionary)