Definitions

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

  • n. An occasional tax levied by the Anglo-Norman kings on crown lands and royal towns.
  • transitive v. To levy a tax on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An impost.
  • n. A certain rate or tax paid by barons, knights, and inferior tenants toward the public expenses.
  • v. To lay an impost upon.
  • v. To cause to pay tallage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A certain rate or tax paid by barons, knights, and inferior tenants, toward the public expenses.
  • transitive v. To lay an impost upon; to cause to pay tallage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • etc. See tailage, etc.

Etymologies

Middle English taillage, from Old French, from taillier, to cut, tax; see tailor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French taillage. (Wiktionary)

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  • "...also his lawyer up from Philadelphia with his bulging briefcase, the sheer tax-maneuvering his wife's behaviour had now got him into! his own cursing yeoman forebears hadn't been amerced with a blacker set of reliefs and merchets, church-scot and plough-arms and smoke-farthings and hearthpenny on Holy Thursday, and nowadays who could he tallage in return?"

    - W.M. Spackman, An Armful of Warm Girl

    December 22, 2011