from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law An estate held in fee or for life.
- n. Law The tenure by which such an estate is held.
- n. A tenure of an office or a dignity for life.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The tenure of property held in fee simple for life.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An estate in real property, of inheritance (in fee simple or fee tail) or for life; or the tenure by which such estate is held.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law: Originally, in England, an estate in land in possession held by a freeman; a free socage or feudal estate; now, an estate in fee simple or fee tail, or for life, as opposed to copyhold. See the extract.
- n. Hence, in general, an estate in land such as was originally considered as being an ownership of the soil itself, as distinguished from a mere use or chattel interest in it.
- n. A parcel of land held by either of the tenures above described.
- n. Figuratively, any free or unrestricted possession, or right of possession; that which belongs to one absolutely.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an estate held in fee simple or for life
- n. tenure by which land is held in fee simple or for life
Middle English frehold, translation of Anglo-Norman fraunc tenement : fraunc, free + tenement, possession.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)