Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In old English law, charter land, held by deed under certain rents and free services; free socage land. This species of tenure has given rise to the modern freeholds.

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

  • noun (O. Eng. Law) Charter land held by deed under certain rents and free services, which differed in nothing from free socage lands. This species of tenure has given rise to the modern freeholds.

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

  • noun Anglo-Saxon In Anglo-Saxon society, land held by charter or written title, free from all fief, fee, service, and/or fines. Such was formerly held chiefly by the nobility, and denominated freeholders.

Etymologies

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From Old English bōcland, equivalent to book +‎ land.

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