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.

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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    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
  1. (tr) to levy a tax (upon); impose a tax (upon)

Word Origin for tallage

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