Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tribute or service rendered to a feudal lord on the death of a tenant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In English law, a feudal service, tribute, or fine, as the best beast or other chattel, payable to the lord of the fee on the decease of the owner, landholder, or vassal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Eng. Law) Formerly, a payment or tribute of arms or military accouterments, or the best beast, or chattel, due to the lord on the death of a tenant; in modern use, a customary tribute of goods or chattels to the lord of the fee, paid on the decease of a tenant.
  • noun a heriot depending on usage.
  • noun (Law) a heriot due by reservation in a grant or lease of lands.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete the return of military equipment
  • noun archaic a payment made to a lord on the death of a tenant
  • noun dated a tribute

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English heregeatu : here, army; see koro- in Indo-European roots + geatwe, equipment, arms.]

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Old English heregeatwa.

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