Definitions

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  • n. A right belonging to the crown of England, of taking two tuns of wine from every ship importing twenty tuns or more: one before and one behind the mast.
  • n. The share of merchandise taken as lawful prize at sea which belongs to the king or admiral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A right belonging to the crown of England, of taking two tuns of wine from every ship importing twenty tuns or more, -- one before and one behind the mast. By charter of Edward I. butlerage was substituted for this.
  • n. The share of merchandise taken as lawful prize at sea which belongs to the king or admiral.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A prizing; rating; valuing.
  • n. In early Eng. and French law, a seizure or asserted right of seizure by way of exaction or requisition for the use of the crown.

Etymologies

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Old French prisage a praising, valuing, taxing; compare Latin prisagium prisage; or from French prise a taking, capture, prize. See prize.

Examples

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  • "All of these (wines) were made even more expensive by the two casks from each imported cargo that were forfeit to the King as prisage, or duty."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 78

    January 8, 2017