or cor·ro·dy

[ kawr-uh-dee, kor- ]

noun,plural cor·o·dies.Old English Law.
  1. a right to receive maintenance in the form of housing, food, or clothing, especially the right enjoyed by the sovereign or a private benefactor to receive such maintenance from a religious house.

  2. the housing, food, or clothing so received.

Origin of corody

1375–1425; late Middle English corrodie<Anglo-French <Medieval Latin corrōdium outfit, provision, variant of conrēdium<Vulgar Latin *conrēd(āre) to outfit, provide with (equivalent to con-con- + *-rēdāre<Germanic; compare Old English rædan to equip, provide for, ready) + Latin -ium-ium

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British Dictionary definitions for corody



/ (ˈkɒrədɪ) /

nounplural -dies history
  1. (originally) the right of a lord to receive free quarters from his vassal

  2. an allowance for maintenance

Origin of corody

C15: from Medieval Latin corrōdium something provided, from Old French corroyer to provide, of Germanic origin

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