• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Marchet In old English and in Scots law, a fine paid to the lord of the soil by a tenant upon the marriage of one the tenant's daughters.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n marchet A pecuniary fine anciently paid by a tenant, serf, or bondsman to his lord for the liberty of disposing of a daughter in marriage. This payment, called in law Latin marcheta or mercheta mulierum (the mark-fee of women), was exacted in England, Scotland, and most other countries of Europe. See the quotation.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. marcheta,; of uncertain origin


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Marchet Sparks said she was inspired by small markets throughout the French countryside, but her customers seem attracted to Le Petit Marche as a breakfast and lunch destination.