In medieval England, a fine paid by a villein to the lord of the manor after his daughter committed fornication or adultery. Also spelled leywrite, learwite, and leyrewite. See OED Online. Some historians, such as Zvi Razi in Life, Marriage and Death in a Medieval Parish: Economy, Society and Demography in Halesowen, 1270-1400 (Cambridge University Press, 1980), contend that this statement implies an illegitimate birth; however, not all historians agree that this action always resulted in the birth of a child.

See also Childwite, Lord of the Manor, Manor, and Villein.