Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rent paid by a freeman in lieu of the services required by feudal custom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rent reserved in grants of land, by the payment of which the tenant is quit (absolved) from other service.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rent reserved in grants of land, by the payment of which the tenant is quit from other service.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Rent paid by the freeholders and copyholders of a manor in discharge or acquittance of other services. Also called chief-rent.

Etymologies

Middle English quiterent : quite, free; see quite + rent, rent; see rent1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
quit +‎ rent (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Note 32: The quitrent system initiated after 1813 entailed an annual rent based on a valuation of the property, limited mineral rights, and a stronger sense of perpetuity of ownership than the previous loan farm system.

    Belongings: Property, Family, and Identity in Colonial South Africa

  • A good number of those farms were then converted to the quitrent system under British administration of the Cape. 32 Several of the original farm names still exist today, though the boundaries have changed numerous times in the interval.

    Belongings: Property, Family, and Identity in Colonial South Africa

  • A farm, free for five years, was offered to any one "having a good musket... and six months' provisions," who should embark with the governor, while those who came later were to pay a half-penny an acre quitrent.

    History of American Women

  • Penn advertised for colonists, and began selling land at 100 pounds for five thousand acres, and annually thereafter a shilling quitrent for every hundred acres.

    History of American Women

  • The quitrent system never took root in New England.

    A History of American Law

  • In England, the quitrent system was the end-stage in a long process which liberalized the position of a tenant of land.

    A History of American Law

  • In the vicinity of Bogucharovo were large villages belonging to the crown or to owners whose serfs paid quitrent and could work where they pleased.

    War and Peace

  • Though the peasants paid quitrent, Alpatych thought no difficulty would be made about complying with this order, for there were two hundred and thirty households at work in Bogucharovo and the peasants were well to do.

    War and Peace

  • Vasili meant several thousand rubles quitrent received from

    War and Peace

  • Its revenue was largely drawn from a local tax of ten shillings per household and quitrent in the seven surveyed districts of the Transkei.

    THE STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

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