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[hed-rahyt] /ˈhɛdˌraɪt/
Law. a beneficial interest for each member of an Indian tribe in the tribal trust fund accruing from the lease of tribal oil, gas, and mineral rights, the sale of tribal lands, etc.
American History. a grant of land, usually 50 acres to a settler, given by certain colonies and companies in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Origin of headright
An Americanism dating back to 1695-1705; head + right Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Something so nasty that it blew the top of her head right off.

    No Great Magic Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • He could see nothing, for Ambrose had thrust his head right into the hole.

  • I lay down as you told me, and put my head right on that snake.

    Bunyip Land George Manville Fenn
  • And then he laid down on the bank and stuck his head right into the spring to show them.

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • "You'll think your head right off next time," said Charlie profoundly.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • Put your head right down on my shoulder and cry if you want to, my pretty!

    The Witness Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  • Once upon a time a polar bear came to the hut and thrust his head right through the window.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • O, hold your head right up, and look as bold as a lion—as bold as two lions, if the worst comes.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • You want to head right up the valley until you strike a big log that lies across the river.

  • When you have done that sail back along the beach and then head right across to Bannington's, where you'll mail this other letter.

Contemporary definitions for head right

an inheritable right to land, formerly granted in Texas's 21st Century Lexicon
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