Danegeld meaning

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A tax levied in England from the 10th to the 12th century to finance protection against Danish invasion.
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An Anglo-Saxon tax first levied to support forces resisting the Danes invading England and later continued as a land tax.
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Origin of danegeld

Middle English Dane genitive pl. of Dan Dane Dane geld tribute (from Old English geld, gield payment)