Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A payment in advance; an advance payment or premium paid by a lessee on taking or renewing a lease, distinct from the rent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A premium paid by a lessee when taking his lease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a payment in advance; specifically, a premium paid by a lessee on taking his lease, in distinction from the rent.

Etymologies

From fore- +‎ gift. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _Grassum_ is the term commonly used in the northern parts of the kingdom to signify the fine, or foregift in money, paid by a lessee for the renewal of his lease from a lay or ecclesiastical corporation.

    Notes and Queries, Number 65, January 25, 1851

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