(In a feudal society) money paid by a vassal to his lord in lieu of military service.
More example sentences
- By the 13th cent. the arrangements were unravelling as lords increasingly paid scutage rather than perform knight service and vassals tried to commute their own obligations.
- Most of the head tenants and some of the under tenants held on condition of knight service, later commuted into a money payment in lieu of service called scutage.
- It was normally possible to make a payment, known as scutage or shield money, in place of performing feudal military service.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin scutagium, from Latin scutum 'shield'.
Definition of scutage in:
- The US English dictionary