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noun Old English Law.
  1. the right of the king to take a certain quantity of every cargo of wine imported.
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Compare butlerage.

Origin of prisage

1495–1505; prise + -age; compare Medieval Latin prisāgium
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Historical Examples

  • There is also another antient hereditary duty belonging to the crown, called the prisage or butlerage of wines.

    Commentaries on the Laws of England

    William Blackstone

British Dictionary definitions for prisage


  1. a customs duty levied until 1809 upon wine imported into England
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Word Origin

C16: from Anglo-French, from Old French prise a taking or requisitioning, duty, from prendre to take; see prise
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