Meaning of merchet in English:


Pronunciation /ˈməːtʃɪt/


archaic, historical Law
  • A fine paid by a tenant or bondsman to his overlord for the right to give his daughter in marriage.


Late 15th century; earliest use found in Acts of Lords of Council in Civil Causes. Probably from Old Welsh merched, plural of merch daughter, girl, wife, perhaps via Anglo-Norman merchet or post-classical Latin mercheta, merchetum, marchettum.