hearth money

noun
an annual contribution made by Roman Catholics to support the papal see
Syn: ↑Peter's pence
Hypernyms: ↑offering

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noun
2. : a 17th century English tax of two shillings on hearths in all houses paying the church and poor rates — called also chimney money

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hearth money or hearth tax,
1. a tax upon hearths or chimneys.
2. an annual tax of two shillings on each hearth, imposed in England from 1662 to 1689.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Hearth money — Hearth Hearth (h[aum]rth), n. [OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS. heor[eth]; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. h[ a]rd, G. herd; cf. Goth. ha[ u]ri a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare to burn.] 1. The pavement or floor of brick, stone, or metal in a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hearth-money — hearthˈ money, hearthˈ penny or hearthˈ tax noun (historical) A tax on hearths • • • Main Entry: ↑hearth …   Useful english dictionary

  • hearth money — chimney money, or hearth money A tax levied in England by St. 14 Car. II, c. 10, consisting of two shillings on every hearth or stove in the kingdom. It was extremely unpopular, and was abolished by 1 W. & M., St. 1, c. 10. This tax was otherwise …   Black's law dictionary

  • hearth money — Peter Pe ter, n. A common baptismal name for a man. The name of one of the apostles, [1913 Webster] {Peter boat}, a fishing boat, sharp at both ends, originally of the Baltic Sea, but now common in certain English rivers. {Peter Funk}, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hearth money — A duty or tax laid by the king upon the hearth of every dwelling; abolished in 1688 by the statute 1 W. & M., st. 1, c. 10. See 1 Bl Comm 324 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • hearth money — annual voluntary contribution that Roman Catholics give toward the expenses of the papal, Peter s pence …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Hearth — (h[aum]rth), n. [OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS. heor[eth]; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. h[ a]rd, G. herd; cf. Goth. ha[ u]ri a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare to burn.] 1. The pavement or floor of brick, stone, or metal in a chimney, on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hearth ends — Hearth Hearth (h[aum]rth), n. [OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS. heor[eth]; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. h[ a]rd, G. herd; cf. Goth. ha[ u]ri a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare to burn.] 1. The pavement or floor of brick, stone, or metal in a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hearth penny — Hearth Hearth (h[aum]rth), n. [OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS. heor[eth]; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. h[ a]rd, G. herd; cf. Goth. ha[ u]ri a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare to burn.] 1. The pavement or floor of brick, stone, or metal in a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hearth-tax — hearthˈ money, hearthˈ penny or hearthˈ tax noun (historical) A tax on hearths • • • Main Entry: ↑hearth …   Useful english dictionary

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