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.
- n. law, historical, Anglo-Saxon A sum paid to a lord as a pecuniary compensation for killing his vassal, servant, or tenant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anglo-Saxon Law) A sum paid to a lord as a pecuniary compensation for killing his man (that is, his vassal, servant, or tenant).
- From Old English manbōt ("fine paid to the lord of a slain man or vassal"), equivalent of man + bote. (Wiktionary)
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