Prisage meaning

(law, UK, obsolete) A right belonging to the crown of England, of taking two tuns of wine from every ship importing twenty tuns or more: one before and one behind the mast.

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(obsolete) The share of merchandise taken as lawful prize at sea which belongs to the king or admiral.
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Origin of prisage

  • Old French prisage a praising, valuing, taxing; compare Latin prisagium prisage; or from French prise a taking, capture, prize. See prize.
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