Chout

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chout An assessment equal to a fourth part of the revenue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chout A frolic or merry-making.
    • n chout In the East Indies, a fourth part of the clear revenue, extorted by the Mahrattas; hence, extortion; blackmail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chout chowt one-fourth part of the revenue extorted by the Mahrattas as blackmail: blackmail, extortion.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Mahratta chauth, one fourth part
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hind. chauth, the fourth part.