Definitions

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

  • n. An administrative division consisting of ten householders in the old English system of frankpledge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rural division of land, originally corresponding to ten households under the frank-pledge system.
  • v. Present participle of tithe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of levying or taking tithes; that which is taken as tithe; a tithe.
  • n. A number or company of ten householders who, dwelling near each other, were sureties or frankpledges to the king for the good behavior of each other; a decennary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In old English law, a decennary; a number or company of about ten householders, or one tenth of a hundred (which see), who, dwelling near each other, were regarded as constituting a distinct community for some purposes of civil order and police regulation, the several members being treated as sureties or free pledges to the king for the good behavior of each other.
  • n. The act of levying or taking tithe; that which is taken as tithe; a tithe.
  • n. Tidings.

Etymologies

Old English tēoþung. (Wiktionary)

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