borough-English love

borough-English

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An old custom in certain English boroughs whereby the right to inherit an estate intestate went to the youngest son or, in default of male issue, to the youngest brother.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Partial translation of Anglo-Norman tenure en burgh Engloys, tenure in an English borough; see borough.

Examples

  • And to complicate matters yet further, for the few who wished to simplify them, the custom of "borough-English" prevailed, and governed the descent of dilapidations, making nice niceties for clever men of law.

    Erema — My Father's Sin

  • borough-English” prevailed, and governed the descent of dilapidations, making nice niceties for clever men of law.

    Erema

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