from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of estover.
  • n. An estover, an allowance made from an estate for a person's support.
  • n. An allowance or alimony granted to a divorced woman, taken from the husband's estate for her support.
  • n. An allowance of wood made to a tenant.
  • n. The freedom of a tenant to take necessary wood from the land occupied by that tenant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Necessaries or supplies; an allowance to a person out of an estate or other thing for support; as of wood to a tenant for life, etc., of sustenance to a man confined for felony out of his estate, or alimony to a woman divorced out of her husband's estate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In law: So much of the wood and timber of the premises held by a tenant as may be necessary for fuel, for the use of the tenant and his family, while in possession of the premises, and so much as may be necessary for keeping the buildings and fences thereon in suitable repair. Bingham. See bote, 2 .
  • The right which the common law gave a tenant to take such wood.
  • In a more general sense, supplies, as alimony for a wife, or supplies for the use of a felon and his family during his imprisonment.


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  • We scurry in fortune's fierce race
    Till age makes us slacken the pace.
    We cease being rovers
    And guard our estovers
    And hope that we fade with some grace.

    August 5, 2016

  • Ety. note: Old French estover, estovoir, subst. use of estovoir to be necessary. (OED)

    August 5, 2016

  • usage on consuetudo

    March 19, 2008