Definition of lowage in English:

lowage

noun

historical
  • A duty paid to the local Trinity House society on goods brought into the port of Hull. Also more widely: a customary payment to the master and crew of a ship for loading and taking care of the cargo.

Origin

Late Middle English. Either from Anglo-Norman lowage and Middle French louage, louaige hiring, rent (1253 in Old French; from louer to hire, engage (a person) in return for payment, to rent (property, an object) from classical Latin locāre).

Pronunciation

lowage

/ˈləʊɪdʒ/