One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The service rendered or the sum of money paid by a vassal to a superior.
2A clause in a charter which specifies such a service or payment.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in David Hume (1558–?1631), political theorist and poet. From post-classical Latin reddendo clause in a charter which specifies the service rendered or the sum of money paid by a vassal to a superior from classical Latin reddendō, ablative of reddendus, the first word of the post-classical Latin clause reddendo inde annuatim, etc.
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