allodium

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.

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

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

Definition for alod (2 of 2)

alodium
[ 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/.

OTHER WORDS FROM alodium

a·lo·di·al, adjectivea·lo·di·al·i·ty, nouna·lo·di·al·ly, adverb
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Example sentences 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 (1 of 2)

alodium
/ (əˈləʊdɪəm) /

noun plural -dia (-dɪə)

a variant spelling of allodium

Derived forms of alodium

alodial, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for alod (2 of 2)

allodium

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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