Other Word Forms of Mortgage
Origin of Mortgage
From Anglo-Norman mortgage, Middle French mortgage, from Old French mort gage (“death pledge"), after a translation of judicial Medieval Latin mortuum vadium or mortuum wadium, from mortuum + vadium or wadium, of Germanic (Frankish) origin, from a root *waddi, wadja. Cf. gage and also wage.
Middle English morgage from Old French mort dead (from Vulgar Latin mortus) (from Latin mortuus) (past participle of morī to die mer- in Indo-European roots) gage pledge (of Germanic origin)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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