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maritage

/ (ˈmærɪtɪdʒ) /
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noun feudal history
the right of a lord to choose the spouses of his wards
a sum paid to a lord in lieu of his exercising this right
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Word Origin for maritage

C16: from Medieval Latin marītāgium, a Latinized form of French mariage marriage
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