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.
From fore- + gift. (Wiktionary)
_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.