follow Dictionary.com

Why is the ninth month called September?

poundage1

[poun-dij] /ˈpaʊn dɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a tax, commission, rate, etc., of so much per pound sterling or per pound weight.
2.
weight in pounds.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see pound2, -age

poundage2

[poun-dij] /ˈpaʊn dɪdʒ/
noun
1.
confinement within an enclosure or within certain limits.
2.
the fee demanded to free animals from a pound.
Origin
1545-55; pound3 + -age
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for poundage
  • Select the permit that you want to max-out and enter the poundage that will zero out that account.
  • There is minimum poundage for the different types of the metal for this service.
  • Fertilizing has doubled the poundage of fish that would normally be in the lake, adding to the angling opportunities at the lake.
British Dictionary definitions for poundage

poundage1

/ˈpaʊndɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a tax, charge, or other payment of so much per pound of weight
2.
a tax, charge, or other payment of so much per pound sterling
3.
a weight expressed in pounds

poundage2

/ˈpaʊndɪdʒ/
noun
1.
(agriculture)
  1. confinement of livestock within a pound
  2. the fee required for freeing a head of livestock from a pound
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for poundage
n.

late 14c., "tax per pound;" 1903 as "weight;" from pound (n.1) + -age.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for poundage

customs duties granted since medieval times to the English crown by Parliament. Tonnage was a fixed subsidy on each tun (cask) of wine imported, and poundage was an ad valorem (proportional) tax on all imported and exported goods. Though of separate origin, they were granted together from 1373 and were used for the protection of trade at sea. From 1414 they were customarily granted for life to each successive king

Learn more about poundage with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for poundage

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for poundage

12
16
Scrabble Words With Friends