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Dane·geld(dān′gĕld′) also Dane·gelt (-gĕlt′)
A tax levied in England from the 10th to the 12th century to finance protection against Danish invasion.
[Middle English : Dane, genitive pl. of Dan, Dane; see Dane + geld, tribute (from Old English geld, gield, payment).]
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(Historical Terms) the tax first levied in the late 9th century in Anglo-Saxon England to provide protection money for or to finance forces to oppose Viking invaders
[C11: from Dan Dane + geld tribute; see yield]
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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.
[before 1150; Middle English denegeld, danegeld, Old English (Domesday Book) Danegeld. See Dane, geld2]
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A tax levied on the Anglo-Saxon population of England to buy off Danish invaders.
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