Definition of merchet in English:

merchet

Pronunciation /ˈməːtʃɪt/

noun

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

Origin

Middle English. Probably from Old Welsh merched, plural of merch daughter, girl, wife, perhaps via Anglo-Norman merchet or post-classical Latin mercheta, merchetum, marchettum.