Definitions for danegeldˈdeɪnˌgɛld; -ˌgɛlt
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(sometimes l.c.) (in medieval England) a land tax believed to have been levied orig. as a tribute to the Danish invaders.
Category: Western History
Origin of Danegeld:
bef. 1150; ME denegeld, danegeld, OE (Domesday Book) Danegeld. See Dane , geld2
A tax raised originally to protect against Viking raiders in the 10th and 11th centuries, and later continued as a land tax.
Origin: Apparently from * (Old Danish Danegjeld), from the genitive plural Danir + gjald.
alt. of Danegelt