or a·lo·di·um

[ uh-loh-dee-uh m ]
/ əˈloʊ di əm /

noun, plural al·lo·di·a [uh-loh-dee-uh] /əˈloʊ di ə/.

land owned absolutely; land owned and not subject to any rent, service, or other tenurial right of an overlord.

Nearby words

  1. allochthonous,
  2. allocortex,
  3. allocution,
  4. allod,
  5. allodial,
  6. allodynia,
  7. alloerotism,
  8. allogamy,
  9. allogeneic,
  10. allogeneic graft

Origin of allodium

1620–30; < Medieval Latin < Frankish *allōd- (all all + -ōd patrimony, cognate with Old Norse ōth- in ōthal, Gothic -ōth- in haim-ōthli, Old Saxon ōth- in ōthil, Old English, Old Frisian ēth- in ēthel, akin (by gradation) to ath- of atheling) + Medieval Latin -ium -ium

Also called al·lod [al-od, -uh d] /ˈæl ɒd, -əd/, alod.


[ uh-loh-dee-uh m ]
/ əˈloʊ di əm /

noun, plural a·lo·di·a [uh-loh-dee-uh] /əˈloʊ di ə/.

Also called al·od [al-od, -uh d] /ˈæl ɒd, -əd/.

Related formsa·lo·di·al, adjectivea·lo·di·al·i·ty, nouna·lo·di·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for alod

  • Still in Hampshire, where alodiaries abounded, it was not every free man holding land who had an alod.

    Domesday Book and Beyond|Frederic William Maitland

British Dictionary definitions for alod


/ (əˈləʊdɪəm) /

noun plural -dia (-dɪə)

a variant spelling of allodium
Derived Formsalodial, adjective


allod (ˈælɒd)

/ (əˈləʊdɪəm) /

noun plural -lodia (-ˈləʊdɪə) or -lods

history lands held in absolute ownership, free from such obligations as rent or services due to an overlordAlso: alodium

Word Origin for allodium

C17: from Medieval Latin, from Old German allōd (unattested) entire property, from al- all + -ōd property; compare Old High German ōt, Old English eād property

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