from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tax paid in lieu of military service in feudal times.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tax, paid in lieu of military service, that was a significant source of revenue in England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Shield money; commutation of service for a sum of money. See escuage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In feudal law:
- n. A tax on a knight's fee or scutum: same as escuage.
- n. A commutation for personal service.
Middle English, from Medieval Latin scūtāgium, from Latin scūtum, shield; see scutum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Medieval Latin scutagium, from Latin scutum (" shield") (Wiktionary)