Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A tax; an excise; a duty; rent.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English law. Custom; tribute ; toll; yearly rent; payment of revenue; of which there were anciently several sorts; as gavel-corn, gavel-malt, oat-gavel, gavel-fodder, etc. Termes de la Ley; Cowell; Co. Litt 142a.
    —Gavelbred. Rent reserved in bread, corn, or provision; rent payable in kind. Cowell.
    —Gavelcester. A eertnin measure of rent-ale. Cowell.
    —Gavelgeld. That which yields annual profit or toll. The tribute or toll itself. Cowell; Du Cange.
    —Gavelherte. A service of plowing performed by a customary tenant. Cowell; Du Cange.
    —Gaveling men. Tenants who paid a reserved rent, besides some customary duties to be done by them. Cowell.
    — Gavel-man. A tenant liable to the payment of gavel or tribute. Somn. Gavelkind, 23.
    — Gavelmed. A customary service of mowing meadow-land or cutting grass, (consuetudo fol-candt.) Blount.
    —Gavelrep. Bedreap or bid-reap; the duty of reaping at the bid or command of the lord. Somn. Gavelkind, 19, 21; Cowell.
    —Gavelwerk. A customary service, either manuopera, by the person of the tenant, or cwrropera, by his carte or carriages Blount; Somn.' Gavelkind, 24; Du Cange.