Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Land held in villeinage, being distributed among the folk, or people, at the pleasure of the lord of the manor, and taken back at his discretion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Land held in villenage, being distributed among the folk, or people, at the pleasure of the lord of the manor, and resumed at his discretion. Not being held by any assurance in writing, it was opposed to bookland or charter land, which was held by deed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In old English law, the land of the folk or people, as distinguished from bookland, which was held by charter or deed.

Etymologies

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Anglo-Saxon folcland. See folk and land.

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  • Compare bookland.

    April 19, 2011