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[prahy-mij] /ˈpraɪ mɪdʒ/
a small allowance formerly paid by a shipper to the master and crew of a vessel for the loading and care of the goods: now charged with the freight and retained by the shipowner.
Origin of primage
1530-40; < Anglo-Latin primāgium; see prime, -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Five thousand dollars there was, and I sent it to the widow along with his primage.

  • A word sometimes used for primage, or the trifling payment received by the master of a ship for care of goods.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • They sailed for nominal wages and primage, or five per cent of the gross freight paid the vessel.

    The Old Merchant Marine Ralph D. Paine
British Dictionary definitions for primage


(NZ) tax added to customs duty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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