Definition of Danegeld in English:

Danegeld

Pronunciation /ˈdānɡeld/ /ˈdeɪnɡɛld/

noun

historical
  • A land tax levied in medieval England, originally to raise funds for protection against Danish invaders.

    ‘This was followed by attempts to buy off the Danes by the payment of immense sums as Danegeld, a course of action suggested by Archbishop Sigeric.’
    • ‘The time honoured methods of ransom, Danegeld and baptism of Viking leaders continued to be more successful.’
    • ‘The Danegeld was a tax created by English rulers to pay for the defense of their country from Viking raiders.’
    • ‘The Danegeld was an English tribute raised to pay off Viking raiders to save the land from being ravaged by the raiders.’
    • ‘Just under £3,000 came from taxation, nearly all of this from the geld or Danegeld, as the old Anglo-Saxon land tax was now called.’

Origin

Late Old English, from Old Norse Danir ‘Danes’ + gjald ‘payment’.