Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Freehold estate; land which is the absolute property of the owner; real estate held in absolute independence, without being subject to any rent, service, or acknowledgment to a superior. It is thus opposed to feud.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) Freehold estate; land which is the absolute property of the owner; real estate held in absolute independence, without being subject to any rent, service, or acknowledgment to a superior. It is thus opposed to feud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun dated freehold land or property

Etymologies

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From Medieval Latin, from Frankish *allaud (“allodium, patrimony”, literally "entire property"), from Proto-Germanic *alaudan (“allodium, transferable possessions”), from Proto-Germanic *allaz (“all”) + *audaz (“goods”). Cognate with Old High German ōt ("property"), Old Saxon ōd ("estate, wealth"), Old English ēad ("possessions").

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