Definitions

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

  • noun Money assessed or paid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A member of a Gaelic tribe, which came from the northern part of Hibernia, and settled in the northwestern part of Britannia (Scotland) about the sixth century.
  • noun A native or an inhabitant of Scotland, a country lying north of England, and forming part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • To pay scot.
  • An abbreviation of Scotland, Scotch, or Scottish.
  • noun A payment; contribution; fine; mulct; reckoning; shot.
  • noun Specifically
  • noun In old law, a portion of money assessed or paid; a customary tax or contribution laid on subjects according to their ability; also, a tax or custom paid for the use of a sheriff or bailiff.

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

  • noun obsolete A name for a horse.
  • noun A portion of money assessed or paid; a tax or contribution; a mulct; a fine; a shot.
  • noun [Eng.] Now, a phrase for obligations of every kind regarded collectivelly.
  • noun A native or inhabitant of Scotland; a Scotsman, or Scotchman.

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

  • noun UK, historical A local tax, paid originally to the lord or ruler and later to a sheriff.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a native or inhabitant of Scotland

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, tax, partly from Old Norse skot and partly from Old French escot, of Germanic origin; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old Norse skot, later influenced by Old French escot (Modern écot), itself of Germanic origin. Compare shot.

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