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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. 2017.
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  • I lay down as you told me, and put my head right on that snake.

    Bunyip Land George Manville Fenn
  • He could see nothing, for Ambrose had thrust his head right into the hole.

  • When he can't find 'em he'll probably go off his head right away, and we shall have to watch him in grim earnest.

  • "You'll think your head right off next time," said Charlie profoundly.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • Vanslyperken hastened back to the helm, and put the cutter's head right.

    Snarleyyow Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Put your head right down on my shoulder and cry if you want to, my pretty!

    The Witness Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  • It was over his head right here below the bank, and the chill of the water was tremendous.

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

  • Then Pezon put his head right into the old lion's mouth, and so ended the performance.

  • 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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