[myoo r-ij]

noun English Law.

a toll or tax for the repair or construction of the walls or fortifications of a town.

Origin of murage

1225–75; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to mur(er) to wall about (see mure) + -age -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for murage

Historical Examples of murage

  • A wall-tax called 'murage' was levied on the inhabitants of Cheshire for keeping the walls in repair.


    Charles E. Kelsey

  • Money was collected at the gates for the repair of the roads, a charge which was in addition to murage.

    The Story of London

    Henry B. Wheatley

  • The Hanse Merchants were freed from payment of murage on account of their engagement to keep Bishopsgate in order.

    The Story of London

    Henry B. Wheatley

British Dictionary definitions for murage



British archaic a tax levied for the construction or maintenance of town walls

Word Origin for murage

C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin mūrus wall
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