Danegeld

Danegeld

[deyn-geld]
noun
(in medieval England) an additional tax on land believed to have been levied originally as a tribute to the Danish invaders but later continued for other purposes.
Also, danegeld, Danegelt, danegelt [deyn-gelt] .


Origin:
before 1150; Middle English denegeld, danegeld, Old English (Domesday Book) Danegeld. See Dane, geld2

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Danegeld or Danegelt (ˈdeɪnˌɡɛld, ˈdeɪnˌɡɛlt)
 
n
the tax first levied in the late 9th century in Anglo-Saxon England to provide protection money for or to finance forces to oppose Viking invaders
 
[C11: from Dan Dane + geld tribute; see yield]
 
Danegelt or Danegelt
 
n
 
[C11: from Dan Dane + geld tribute; see yield]

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