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  1. a small allowance formerly paid by a shipper to the master and crew of a vessel for the loading and care of the goods: now charged with the freight and retained by the shipowner.
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Origin of primage

1530–40; < Anglo-Latin primāgium; see prime, -age
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Examples from the Web for primage

Historical Examples

  • A word sometimes used for primage, or the trifling payment received by the master of a ship for care of goods.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Five thousand dollars there was, and I sent it to the widow along with his primage.

  • They sailed for nominal wages and primage, or five per cent of the gross freight paid the vessel.

British Dictionary definitions for primage


  1. NZ tax added to customs duty
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