- a tax of so much per head or person.
- a reward paid for capturing or killing an outlaw, fugitive, or the like.
Origin of head money
First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for head money
But, in this case, where would be the head-money and the emigrants?Journal of an African Cruiser
It is the head and not the head-money that should be looked at.Aliens or Americans?
Howard B. Grose
And if half the head-money and the crew's pay were laid down in advance?Wide Courses
James Brendan Connolly
Sir James, however, was soon after deprived of the governorship of Labuan, and the head-money was abolished.
Made the claret merino myself, and enjoyed it, as I do anything bought with my "head-money."Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott
- a reward paid for the capture or slaying of a fugitive, outlaw, etc
- an archaic term for poll tax
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