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  • n. In Anglo-Saxon law, the owner of an allotment or yard-land, usually consisting of 30 acres; a villein.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Anglo-Saxon law, the owner of an allotment or yard-land, usually of 30 acres: corresponding to the villein of later times.

Etymologies

From Old English ġebūr ("dweller, husbandman, farmer, countryman, boor"), from Proto-Germanic *ga-, *būraz (“house, room,dwelling”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰū- (“to swell, wax, grow”), equivalent to ge- +‎ bower. More at bower, boor. (Wiktionary)

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