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English lestage ballasting, from lest ballast, or Latin lastagium, lestagium. See last a load.


lastage (plural lastages)

  1. (obsolete) A duty exacted, in some fairs or markets, for the right to carry things where one will.
  2. (obsolete) A tax on wares sold by the last.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowell to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) The lading of a ship; ballast.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spelman to this entry?)
  4. (obsolete) Room for stowing goods, as in a ship.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for lastage in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Old French[edit]


lastage m (oblique plural lastages, nominative singular lastages, nominative plural lastage)

  1. cargo (of a watercraft)
    • Que toutes maneres de niefs audit port accustumez de venir hors Engleterre [] portent oveques eux tout lour lastage
      All manners of ship at the aforementioned port were used to going outside of England [] carried with them all their cargo
  2. dock where loading occurs
  3. lastage (taxation)