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freehold

[free-hohld]Law.
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  1. an estate in land, inherited or held for life.
noun
  1. a form of tenure by which an estate is held in fee simple, fee tail, or for life.
adjective
  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or held by freehold.

Origin of freehold

1375–1425; late Middle English frehold (see free, hold1); translation of Anglo-French franc tenement (see frank1, tenement)

Freehold

[free-hohld]
noun
  1. a town in E New Jersey: battle of Monmouth courthouse 1778.
Formerly Monmouth.
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freehold

noun
    1. tenure by which land is held in fee simple, fee tail, or for life
    2. an estate held by such tenure
adjective
  1. relating to or having the nature of freehold
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Word Origin and History for freehold

n.

early 15c. (implied in freeholder), translating Anglo-French fraunc tenement; see free (adj.) + hold (n.). Related: Freeholder.

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