from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In England, a tenure of lands of a manor, according to the custom of the manor, and by copy of court-roll; or a tenure for which the tenant has nothing to show except the rolls made by the steward of the lord's court, which contain entries of the admission of the original or former tenant, his surrender to the use of another, or alienation, or his death, and the claim and admission of the heir or devisee.
  • noun Land held in copyhold.

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

  • noun A tenure of estate by copy of court roll; or a tenure for which the tenant has nothing to show, except the rolls made by the steward of the lord's court.
  • noun Land held in copyhold.

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

  • noun A former form of tenure in which the title deeds were a copy of the manorial roll

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a medieval form of land tenure in England; a copyhold was a parcel of land granted to a peasant by the lord of the manor in return for agricultural services


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  • All who have at any time owned or purchased what is known as copyhold land might be supposed to know something of the nature of the title on which such land is held.

    The Coming of the Friars

  • In Scotland a village is erected upon a species of landright, very different from the copyhold so frequent in England.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Ann's paternal grandfather, John Hathaway alias Gardner, acquired the copyhold of Hewlands Farm in 1543 and it was probably he who modernised the house by installing stone fireplaces in each of the two bays of the hall, one eight feet across and the other eleven.

    'Shakespeare's Wife'

  • Manorial law, for example, often favored partible inheritance among sons rather than primogeniture; it also made provision for freebench, which was a widow's right to a proportion (ranging from one-third to all) of her late husband's copyhold (land held at the will of the lord or according to manorial custom) for either the duration of her life or until her remarriage.

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  • You ought to hear how she got the copyhold of her house extended.

    Life's Little Ironies

  • “Seventy-nine pounds, five shillings and fivepence half-penny, besides the value of the wood,” said Foster; “and I am to have it all as copyhold?”


  • “Ay, in very truth, Anthony, or there comes no copyhold in thy way,” replied his inflexible associate.


  • But follow my counsel, and Cumnor Place shall be thy copyhold yet.


  • Think of Cumnor Place — thine own proper copyhold.


  • Believe me, moreover, who swear by nothing but by my own word, that if you be not conformable, there is no hope, no, not a glimpse of hope, that this thy leasehold may be transmuted into a copyhold.



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