head money



a tax of so much per head or person.
a reward paid for capturing or killing an outlaw, fugitive, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. head in the sand,
  2. head lettuce,
  3. head louse,
  4. head margin,
  5. head mike,
  6. head of state,
  7. head of the river,
  8. head off,
  9. head on,
  10. head or tail

Origin of head money

First recorded in 1520–30

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British Dictionary definitions for head money

head money


a reward paid for the capture or slaying of a fugitive, outlaw, etc
an archaic term for poll tax
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