Definitions

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  • n. The consent of a tenant to the transfer of his relationship to his landlord to another person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of a feudatory, vassal, or tenant, by which he consents, upon the alienation of an estate, to receive a new lord or superior, and transfers to him his homage and service; the agreement of a tenant to acknowledge the purchaser of the estate as his landlord.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In old English law, the act of a feudatory, vassal, or tenant, by which he consented, upon the alienation of an estate, to receive a new lord or superior, and transferred to him his homage and service; the agreement of a tenant to acknowledge as his landlord one who was not originally such, but claimed to have become such.

Etymologies

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Old French atorner ("to turn"), through Middle English.

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