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noun Old English Law.
  1. the privilege allowed the king's butler to take a certain quantity of every cask of wine imported by an alien.
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Compare prisage.

Origin of butlerage

First recorded in 1485–95; butler + -age
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Historical Examples of butlerage

  • There is also another antient hereditary duty belonging to the crown, called the prisage or butlerage of wines.

    Commentaries on the Laws of England

    William Blackstone

  • Butlerage ceased to be levied in 1809, by the Customs Consolidation Act of that year.