American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An estate in land limited in inheritance to a particular class of heirs.
- n. law (obsolete) An estate in land at common law wherein the land is inherited, but can not be sold, devised by will, or otherwise alienated by the owner, but which passes by operation of law to the owner's heirs upon his death.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) an estate of inheritance, limited and restrained to some particular heirs.
- n. a fee limited to a particular line of heirs; they are not free to sell it or give it away
- v. limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs
- Derived from the Middle Latin foedum talliatum. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fe taille, from Anglo-Norman fee taile : fe, fee; see fee + Old French taile, past participle of tailier, to cut; see tailor. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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