Definition for SHIP'-MON-EY

SHIP'-MON-EY, n. [ship and money.]

In English history, an imposition formerly charged on the ports, towns, cities, boroughs and counties of England, for providing and furnishing certain ships for the king's service. This imposition being laid by the king's writ under the great seal, without the consent of parliament, was held to be contrary to the laws and statutes of the realm, and abolished by stat. 17 Car. II. – Encyc.

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