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- n. In Anglo-Saxon society, land held by charter or written title, free from all fief, fee, service, and/or fines. Such was formerly held chiefly by the nobility, and denominated freeholders.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Charter land held by deed under certain rents and free services, which differed in nothing from free socage lands. This species of tenure has given rise to the modern freeholds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old English law, charter land, held by deed under certain rents and free services; free socage land. This species of tenure has given rise to the modern freeholds.
From Old English bōcland, equivalent to book + land. (Wiktionary)