[ deyn-geld ]
/ ˈdeɪnˌgɛld /


(in medieval England) an additional tax on land believed to have been levied originally as a tribute to the Danish invaders but later continued for other purposes.
Also dane·geld, Dane·gelt, dane·gelt [deyn-gelt] /ˈdeɪnˌgɛlt/.

Origin of Danegeld

before 1150; Middle English denegeld, danegeld, Old English (Domesday Book) Danegeld. See Dane, geld2
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Danegelt (ˈdeɪnˌɡɛlt)

/ (ˈdeɪnˌɡɛld) /


the tax first levied in the late 9th century in Anglo-Saxon England to provide protection money for or to finance forces to oppose Viking invaders

Word Origin for Danegeld

C11: from Dan Dane + geld tribute; see yield
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