Middle English Dictionary Entry

ward-penī n.
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Law (a) A customary rent, required of individual and corporate tenants or assessed on units of land by a feudal superior or the crown, in some instances conceived as a payment in commutation of guard service or as a tax for its maintenance, for meeting the expenses of the sheriff, etc.; also, the obligation to pay such a rent or tax; also, the right to collect it; (b) a fine paid to redeem cattle seized by officials of the crown.