head money

  1. a tax of so much per head or person.

  2. a reward paid for capturing or killing an outlaw, fugitive, or the like.

Origin of head money

First recorded in 1520–30

Words Nearby head money

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How to use head money in a sentence

  • The wiser Chinese take Ferdinands and Josephs dollars alike, calling them both devils head money.

    Gatherings From Spain | Richard Ford

British Dictionary definitions for head money

head money

  1. a reward paid for the capture or slaying of a fugitive, outlaw, etc

  2. an archaic term for poll tax

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