[ bur-oh-ing-glish or, often, -lish, buhr- ]
/ ˈbɜr oʊˈɪŋ glɪʃ or, often, -lɪʃ, ˈbʌr- /
(formerly, in some parts of England) a custom by which the youngest son inherited the entire estate upon the death of his father.
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Origin of borough-English
Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
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Examples from the Web for borough-english
From this nefarious degradation of woman the custom of Borough-English arose, the youngest son becoming the heir.Woman, Church & State|Matilda Joslyn Gage
British Dictionary definitions for borough-english
Word Origin for borough-English
C14: from Anglo-French tenure en burgh Engloys tenure in an English borough; so called because the custom was unknown in France
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