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  1. Medieval History. a tax paid by peasants to the lord of their manor.
  2. a compulsory tax levied by the Norman and early Angevin kings of England upon the demesne lands of the crown and upon all royal towns.
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Origin of tallage

1250–1300; Middle English taillage < Old French taill(ier) to cut, tax (see tail2) + Middle English -age -age
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Examples from the Web for tallage

Historical Examples

  • Tallage was first imposed on the colony in the first year of this reign, but yielded little, and tithes were not much better paid.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 7


  • In the latter instance the king also gave leave to the lay and spiritual nobility to set a tallage on their own tenants.

  • A tallage on royal towns and demesnes, nevertheless, was set without authority of parliament four years afterwards.

  • Now and then it is mentioned that the tallage is to be levied once a year, although the amount remains uncertain.

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff

  • Tallage, even arbitrary tallage, was but a tax after all, and did not detract from personal freedom or free tenure in this sense.

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff

British Dictionary definitions for tallage


    1. a tax levied by the Norman and early Angevin kings on their Crown lands and royal towns
    2. a toll levied by a lord upon his tenants or by a feudal lord upon his vassals
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  1. (tr) to levy a tax (upon); impose a tax (upon)
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French taillage, from taillier to cut; see tailor
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