Definitions

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  • n. A tax paid for building or repairing the walls of a fortified town.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tax or toll paid for building or repairing the walls of a fortified town.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Money paid for keeping the walls of a town in repair.

Etymologies

French, from murer to wall, from mur wall, Latin murus. See mure a wall. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Generous benefactors, like Sir Richard Whittington, frequently contributed to the cost, and sometimes a tax called murage was levied for the purpose which was collected by officers named muragers.

    Vanishing England

  • For three days, the three busiest of the year, when we might do well out of tolls on carts and pack-horses and man-loads passing through the town to reach the fair, we must levy no charges, neither murage nor pavage.

    St. Peter's Fair

  • By fineounce and imposts I got and grew and by grossscruple gat I grown outreaches — ly: murage and lestage were my mains for Ouerlord’s tithing and my drains for render and prender the doles and the tribute:

    Finnegans Wake

  • "All we ask is that you will hold back a tithe of the dues you pay to the abbey, and pay them instead to the town for murage and pavage.

    St. Peter's Fair

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  • Is there no defence (sic)! Or is it a mirage

    January 29, 2010

  • In feudalism, a tax levied by boroughs to pay for the building of town walls.

    August 25, 2008