1727, from French aubaine (12c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from Medieval Latin Albanus, but the sense is obscure. Klein suggests Frankish *alibanus, literally "belonging to another ban." A right of French kings, whereby they claimed the property of every non-naturalized stranger who died in their realm. Abolished 1819.
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Madame Aubain resigned herself to the separation from her son because it was unavoidable.A Simple Soul|Gustave Flaubert