a feudal service or tribute, originally of borrowed military equipment and later of a chattel, due to the lord on the death of a tenant.
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How to use heriot in a sentence
The usher signed to heriot to advance, and the honest citizen was presently introduced into the cabinet of the Sovereign.
George heriot was courtier enough to say, that "the wise naturally follow the wisest, as stags follow their leader."
George heriot could not exactly answer this question; but believed "the young lord had studied abroad."
heriot, as he descended the stairs, met his cash-keeper coming up, with some concern in his face.
George heriot rose from the table, observing, that wine-cups and legal documents were unseemly neighbours.
British Dictionary definitions for heriot
(in medieval England) a death duty paid by villeins and free tenants to their lord, often consisting of the dead man's best beast or chattel
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