Origin of wergeldMiddle English weregylt from Old English wergild from wer, man (see werewolf) + geld, payment: see geld
also wer·gild or were·gild
Origin of wergeldMiddle English wargeld from Old English wergeld wer man ; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots. geld payment
- (historical, in Germanic law) blood money, the monetary value assigned to a person, set according to their rank, used to determine the compensation paid by the perpetrator of a crime to the victim in the case of injury or to the victim's kindred in the case of homicide.
- (historical, in Germanic law) Compensation thusly determined and paid; a reparative payment.