weregild definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Variant of wergeld.
Variant of wergeld
in early Germanic and Anglo-Saxon law, a price paid by a person who has killed another to the family of the person killed, to atone for the killing and avoid reprisals
Origin: Middle English weregylt ; from Old English wergild ; from wer, man (see werewolf) plush geld, payment: see geld