Definition of childwite in US English:

childwite

noun

Feudal Law
historical
  • A penalty for an illegitimate child; a fine paid by the reputed father of the child to the lord of the unfree mother.

Origin

Middle English; earliest use found in Royal Charter: Henry II to Citizens of London. From child + wite. Compare post-classical Latin childwita.

Pronunciation

childwite

/ˈtʃʌɪldwʌɪt/