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

  • n. Money assessed or paid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A local tax, paid originally to the lord or ruler and later to a sheriff.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name for a horse.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Scotland; a Scotsman, or Scotchman.
  • n. A portion of money assessed or paid; a tax or contribution; a mulct; a fine; a shot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pay scot.
  • An abbreviation of Scotland, Scotch, or Scottish.
  • n. A member of a Gaelic tribe, which came from the northern part of Hibernia, and settled in the northwestern part of Britannia (Scotland) about the sixth century.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of Scotland, a country lying north of England, and forming part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • n. A payment; contribution; fine; mulct; reckoning; shot.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. In old law, a portion of money assessed or paid; a customary tax or contribution laid on subjects according to their ability; also, a tax or custom paid for the use of a sheriff or bailiff.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a native or inhabitant of Scotland


Middle English, tax, partly from Old Norse skot and partly from Old French escot, of Germanic origin; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse skot, later influenced by Old French escot (Modern écot), itself of Germanic origin. Compare shot. (Wiktionary)


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