copyhold

[kop-ee-hohld]
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noun

(formerly) a type of ownership of land in England, evidenced by a copy of the manor roll establishing the title.
an estate held under such ownership.

Nearby words

  1. copyeditor,
  2. copyfight,
  3. copyfitting,
  4. copygirl,
  5. copygraph,
  6. copyholder,
  7. copying machine,
  8. copyist,
  9. copyleft,
  10. copyread

Origin of copyhold

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at copy, hold1

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British Dictionary definitions for copyhold

copyhold

noun law (formerly)

  1. a tenure less than freehold of land in England evidenced by a copy of the Court roll
  2. land held in this way
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