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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. freehold land or property

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Freehold estate; land which is the absolute property of the owner; real estate held in absolute independence, without being subject to any rent, service, or acknowledgment to a superior. It is thus opposed to feud.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Freehold estate; land which is the absolute property of the owner; real estate held in absolute independence, without being subject to any rent, service, or acknowledgment to a superior. It is thus opposed to feud.

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin, from Frankish *allaud (“allodium, patrimony”, literally "entire property"), from Proto-Germanic *alaudan (“allodium, transferable possessions”), from Proto-Germanic *allaz (“all”) + *audaz (“goods”). Cognate with Old High German ōt ("property"), Old Saxon ōd ("estate, wealth"), Old English ēad ("possessions"). (Wiktionary)

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