Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In old law, a compensation or recompense, made in money, for the killing of a man: usually due to the lord of the slain person.

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

  • noun (Anglo-Saxon Law) A sum paid to a lord as a pecuniary compensation for killing his man (that is, his vassal, servant, or tenant).

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  • noun law, historical, Anglo-Saxon A sum paid to a lord as a pecuniary compensation for killing his vassal, servant, or tenant.

Etymologies

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From Old English manbōt ("fine paid to the lord of a slain man or vassal"), equivalent of man +‎ bote.

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