Hidegild meaning

(Anglo-Saxon, historical, law) A tax paid on each hide of land; hidage.
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(Anglo-Saxon, historical, law) A fine paid in lien of a flogging.
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Origin of hidegild

  • From Old English hȳdġyld, hȳdġield (“a fine to buy one out of receiving a flogging”, literally “a payment to save one's skin”), equivalent to hide (“skin”) +‎ geld.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Old English hīdġield (“a tax paid on each hide of land”), equivalent to hide (“measure of land”) +‎ geld.
    From Wiktionary