Definition of Danegeld in English:


Syllabification: Dane·geld
Pronunciation: /ˈdānˌgeld


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


late Old English, from Old Norse Danir 'Danes' + gjald 'payment'.

More definitions of Danegeld

Definition of Danegeld in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
a slit made by cutting with a saw