Definitions

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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.

Etymologies

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butler +‎ -age

Examples

  • 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.

    The Corporation of London, Its Rights and Privileges

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