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copyhold

[kop-ee-hohld]
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noun
  1. (formerly) a type of ownership of land in England, evidenced by a copy of the manor roll establishing the title.
  2. an estate held under such ownership.

Origin of copyhold

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at copy, hold1
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copyhold

noun law (formerly)
    1. a tenure less than freehold of land in England evidenced by a copy of the Court roll
    2. land held in this way
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