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- n. A duty formerly paid to the king's butler on every tun of wine imported into England by foreign merchants.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A duty of two shillings on every tun of wine imported into England by merchant strangers; -- so called because paid to the king's butler for the king.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old English law, a duty of two shillings on every tun of wine imported into England by foreigners or merchant strangers: so called because originally paid to the king's butler for the king.
- n. The office of butler; butlership.
- n. The butler's department in a household.
butler + -age (Wiktionary)
In like manner the Duke of Grafton was indemnified in 1806 for loss incurred through the resumption of the "prisage and butlerage" of wines; nor was Lord Gwydir permitted to suffer by the compulsory surrender of his lease in the mooring-chains.