Definitions

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  • n. Privilege; immunity; franchise; the freedom or privilege of a burgess in a corporation.
  • n. An heritable property as distinguished from a farm.
  • adj. Heritable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The status of a freeman before the law; the freedom or privilege of a burgess; franchise.

Etymologies

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From earlier frelage, probably from Middle English *freolache, *freleche, deverbal of *freolachen, *frelechen ("to be liberal, be generous") (compare Middle English freolac, freolaic, vreoleic, freolec ("liberality, generosity")), from Old English *frēolǣċan ("to give freely, offer generously"), related to Old English frēolāc ("free-will offering, oblation"), equivalent to free +‎ -lock. Compare knowledge.

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