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heriot

[her-ee-uh t] /ˈhɛr i ət/
noun, English Law.
1.
a feudal service or tribute, originally of borrowed military equipment and later of a chattel, due to the lord on the death of a tenant.
Origin of heriot
900
before 900; Middle English heriot, heriet, Old English heregeate, heregeatu, heregeatwa war gear, equivalent to here army + geate, etc., equipment; cognate with Old Norse gǫtvar (plural)
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heriot

/ˈhɛrɪət/
noun
1.
(in medieval England) a death duty paid by villeins and free tenants to their lord, often consisting of the dead man's best beast or chattel
Word Origin
Old English heregeatwa, from here army + geatwa equipment
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Word Origin and History for heriot
n.

Old English here-geatwe (plural) "military equipment, army-gear," from here "army" (see harry). An Anglo-Saxon service of weapons, loaned by the lord to his retainer and repayable to him upon the retainer's death; transferred by 13c. to a feudal due upon the death of a tenant, payable to his lord in beasts.

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