Definition of lef-silver in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɛfˌsɪlvə/


  • A payment made for the right to plough or sow land used for pannage.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in William Somner (d. 1669), antiquary and Anglo-Saxon scholar. Origin uncertain; perhaps originally a misreading of or typographical error for lessilver (when written with a long s (ſ) at the end of the first element), perhaps influenced by forms of leave, either while the word was still current or as a result of subsequent association with that word by early modern antiquarians.