Feudal Law in England, a payment in chattels or money (orig., a restoration of arms, equipment, etc.) made to the lord from the possessions of a tenant who had died
Origin of heriotMiddle English heriet ; from Old English heregeatwe, literally , army equipment ; from here, army (see Harold) + geatwe, earlier ge-tawe, equipment, arms ; from tawian, to prepare: see taw
A tribute or service rendered to a feudal lord on the death of a tenant.
Origin of heriotMiddle English, from Old English heregeatu : here, army; see koro- in Indo-European roots + geatwe, equipment, arms.
Old English heregeatwa.