(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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How to use borough-English in a sentence
The original of this claim, as of our tenure of Borough English, is variously delivered.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland | Samuel Johnson
Borough English was the native custom which had succeeded in holding its ground against the effects of the Norman Conquest.The Customs of Old England | F. J. Snell
The area over which this Borough English tenure prevails is an exceedingly wide one.Legal Lore | Various
From this nefarious degradation of woman the custom of borough-English arose, the youngest son becoming the heir.Woman, Church & State | Matilda Joslyn Gage
The origin of the custom of Borough English has been much disputed.
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