(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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Historical Examples of danegeld

  • Danegeld” 991 For centuries our sadly fated Towns by them were devastated.

  • However, we have already said our say about the enormity of the danegeld.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • Danegeld and scutage and feudal aids fastened only on the land.

  • He freed the church from the payment of Danegeld, and all services to the Crown.

    Old and New London

    Walter Thornbury

  • The payment of Danegeld was an old story in English history and the end was not yet.

    Canute the Great

    Laurence Marcellus Larson

British Dictionary definitions for danegeld


Danegelt (ˈdeɪnˌɡɛlt)


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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