tunnage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tunnage a tax imposed on ships that enter the US; based on the tonnage of the ship
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tunnage See Tonnage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tunnage A tax or duty of so much per tun formerly imposed in England upon all imported wines. Sometimes spelled tonnage, and used chiefly in the phrase tunnage (or tonnage) and poundage. See poundage, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tunnage a tax on imported wines
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Tun; cf. Tonnage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tunne.

Usage

In literature:

For instance, tunnage and poundage were appropriated for naval defenses.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Our government having become a party to this agreement, discriminating tunnage duties have been abolished.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
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