[ kwit-rent ]

  1. rent paid by a freeholder or copyholder in lieu of services that might otherwise have been required.

Origin of quitrent

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at quit1, rent1

Words Nearby quitrent

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How to use quitrent in a sentence

  • The amount of the quitrent in the Northern Neck was the same as elsewhere in Virginia—two shillings annually for 100 acres.

    Mother Earth | W. Stitt Robinson, Jr.
  • I am exceedingly anxious to learn the fate of the quitrent bill.

  • On other estates the serfs' compulsory labor was commuted for a quitrent.

    War and Peace | Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for quitrent


/ (ˈkwɪtˌrɛnt) /

  1. (formerly) a rent payable by a freeholder or copyholder to his lord that released him from liability to perform services

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