Definition of water-bailage in US English:

water-bailage

noun

historical
  • A tax or duty levied on all goods brought into or carried out of the Port of London.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Pepys (1633–1703), naval official and diarist. From water + bailage.

Pronunciation

water-bailage

/ˈwɔːtəˌbeɪlɪdʒ/