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[bur-oh-ing-glish or, often, -lish, buhr-] /ˈbɜr oʊˈɪŋ glɪʃ or, often, -lɪʃ, ˈbʌr-/
(formerly, in some parts of England) a custom by which the youngest son inherited the entire estate upon the death of his father.
Origin of borough-English
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • From this nefarious degradation of woman the custom of borough-English arose, the youngest son becoming the heir.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
British Dictionary definitions for borough-English


(English law) (until 1925) a custom in certain English boroughs whereby the youngest son inherited land to the exclusion of his older brothers Compare primogeniture, gavelkind
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French tenure en burgh Engloys tenure in an English borough; so called because the custom was unknown in France
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