Definitions

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

  • n. Law An arrangement by which a man sets aside property to be used for the support of his wife after his death.
  • n. Law The property so designated.
  • n. The act of joining or the state of being joined.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A joining; a joint.
  • n. An estate settled on a wife, which she is to enjoy after her husband's death, for her own life at least, in satisfaction of dower.
  • v. To settle a jointure upon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A joining; a joint.
  • n. An estate settled on a wife, which she is to enjoy after husband's decease, for her own life at least, in satisfaction of dower.
  • transitive v. To settle a jointure upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A joining or coupling together; junction; union; conjunction.
  • n. A joint of armor.
  • n. An estate in lands or tenements settled before marriage on the intended husband and wife jointly.
  • n. An estate or property settled on a woman in consideration of marriage, and to be enjoyed by her after her husband's decease.
  • To settle a jointure upon.

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

  • n. the act of making or becoming a single unit
  • n. (law) an estate secured to a prospective wife as a marriage settlement in lieu of a dower

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin iūnctūra, joint; see juncture.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French < Latin iūnctūra. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “There was one circumstance which, though he did not appeal to it, had much weight with me in his favour, and that was the word jointure in the taylor’s letter, whereas my aunt never had been married, and this Mr. Fitzpatrick well knew. —

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • "There was one circumstance which, though he did not appeal to it, had much weight with me in his favour, and that was the word jointure in the taylor's letter, whereas my aunt never had been married, and this

    History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Most of the great families in England have a secondary residence, which is called a jointure-house: let the new house be of that kind. '

    Life of Johnson

  • England have a secondary residence, which is called a jointure-house: let the new house be of that kind. '

    The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

  • Her lord has made her sole executrix, and added what little douceurs he could to her jointure, which is but

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 3

  • Most of the great families of England have a secondary residence, which is called a jointure-house: let the new house be of that kind.’

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • Neither she nor I were charged with any offense, but while I was left homeless and destitute, she was granted control of her jointure lands and allowed to live at Chelsea Manor.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • Collyweston in Northamptonshire had been the principal seat of Elizabeth's grandmother, Margaret Beaufort and then had passed down to Henry Fitzroy, duke of Richmond and, briefly, to Anne Boleyn as part of her jointure. 74 It was very likely in disrepair by the time Elizabeth received it since there was no socially or politically significant person living in it since Richmond's death in 1536.

    From Heads of Household to Heads of State: The Preaccession Households of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, 1516-1558

  • I wonder if she will have the use of her jointure, now that Sir Thomas is dead.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • “I cannot obtain my dowry lands, my jointure, now I am widowed.”

    The White Queen

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  • Don Ambrosio had given way to no mistaken presage of his death, which happened on the following day; and I remained mistress of a considerable jointure, settled on me at our marriage. But I shall take care to make no unworthy use of it. The world shall not see me, young as I still am, wantoning in the arms of a third husband.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 1 ch. 14

    September 12, 2008

  • "Azam and Loga were married in 2003 after a wonderful 17-year friendship which led to their creative partnership and now to this tremendous jointure."
    - www.niyazmusic.com

    June 20, 2008

  • Now, on the face of these circumstances, it is utterly unaccountable to me, why you, the widow of a city knight, with a good jointure, should not close with the passion of a man of such character and expectations as Mr. Surface ...
    Sheridan, School for Scandal

    January 5, 2008