Burgage meaning

bûrgĭj
A tenure in England and Scotland under which property of the king or a lord in a town was held in return for a yearly rent or the rendering of a service.
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A former system of land or property tenure in towns, specif., in England, from an overlord for a yearly rental and, in Scotland, from the crown for watching and warding.
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A medieval tenure in socage under which property in England and Scotland was held under the king or a lord of a town, and was maintained for a yearly rent or for rendering an inferior service (not knight's service) such as watching and warding.
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Origin of burgage

  • Middle English from Old French bourgage from Medieval Latin burgāgium from Late Latin burgus fortified town of Germanic origin burgess

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition