- a fine imposed by a king or lord on a subject who committed a serious crime.
- a fee demanded for granting a special privilege.
verb (used with object), wit·ed, wit·ing.
Words nearby wite
Origin of wite1
Definition for wites (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for wites
Very easy therefore is the transition from a right to wites to such jurisdiction as the feudal lord enjoys.
Other crimes became punishable by fines which took the place of wites.
Being a grant of wites, it will not extend to the bootless the unemendable crimes.