Heriot meaning

hĕr'ē-ət
A tribute or service rendered to a feudal lord on the death of a tenant.
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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.
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(archaic) A payment made to a lord on the death of a tenant.
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(dated) A tribute.
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Origin of heriot

  • Middle English from Old English heregeatu here army koro- in Indo-European roots geatwe equipment, arms
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old English heregeatwa.
    From Wiktionary