American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law An estate held in fee or for life.
- n. Law The tenure by which such an estate is held.
- n. A tenure of an office or a dignity for life.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law: Originally, in England, an estate in land in possession held by a freeman; a free socage or feudal estate; now, an estate in fee simple or fee tail, or for life, as opposed to copyhold. See the extract.
- n. Hence, in general, an estate in land such as was originally considered as being an ownership of the soil itself, as distinguished from a mere use or chattel interest in it. That is, it is an estate in possession, either of indefinite future duration, transmissible to one's heirs (called an estate of inheritance), or for the life of either the owner or some one else; or “an estate in possession, the duration of which is not fixed or ascertained by a specified limit of time” (Digby).
- n. A parcel of land held by either of the tenures above described.
- n. Figuratively, any free or unrestricted possession, or right of possession; that which belongs to one absolutely.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Lw) An estate in real property, of inheritance (in fee simple or fee tail) or for life; or the tenure by which such estate is held.
- n. an estate held in fee simple or for life
- n. tenure by which land is held in fee simple or for life
- Middle English frehold, translation of Anglo-Norman fraunc tenement : fraunc, free + tenement, possession. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Knight Frank The freehold is on the market for € 2.75 million ($3.8 million) through estate agent Knight Frank International.”
“The Company granted a limited number of farms in freehold, most of them in the Cape District and the area immediately surrounding the village of Stellenbosch. 22 The overwhelming majority of land claimed by settlers were loan farms.”
“Note 52: Willem Burger's claims to Afgaan van de Kartouw: CA: RLR 14: 199, 22 Nov. 1756 to 16 Feb. 1788; Schalk Willem Burger's claims to Halve Dorschvloer CA: RLR 11: 7, 31 Mar. 1744 to 13 Apr. 1763; Halve Dorschvloer in freehold, DO: OSF II: 296, 15 Dec. 1763. back”
“Africans could hold property in freehold in certain areas; they can no longer do so.”
“In England, Mat, they call a freehold farmer a yeoman.”
“The company to which I finally conveyed my freehold was a brand-new one, registered for the occasion and soon, no doubt, doomed to lose its identity in the kaleidoscopic changes of small finance.”
“The whole is encompassed by rich meadows, wearing a park-like appearance; held with the freehold, which is limited to less than Five Acres.”
“But the public only has a right to access woodland classified as "freehold".”
“Oh, I think you misunderstood the term "freehold".”
“Each parcel has multiple property interests outstanding that must be acquired or removed to sustain redevelopment, such as freehold estates, future interests, easements, covenants, leaseholds and security interests, any one or more of which could be jointly held.”
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