estovers

[ e-stoh-verz ]
/ ɛˈstoʊ vərz /
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plural noun Law.

necessaries allowed by law, as wood and timber to a tenant or alimony to a spouse.

Nearby words

  1. estop,
  2. estoppage,
  3. estoppel,
  4. estoril,
  5. estournelles de constant, d',
  6. estrada cabrera,
  7. estrada cabrera, manuel,
  8. estrade,
  9. estradiol,
  10. estragon

Origin of estovers

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, noun use of Old French estovoir, estover to be necessary ≪ Latin est opus there is need

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British Dictionary definitions for estovers

estovers

/ (ɛˈstəʊvəz) /

pl n

law a right allowed by law to tenants of land to cut timber, esp for fuel and repairs

Word Origin for estovers

C15: from Anglo-French, plural of estover, n use of Old French estovoir to be necessary, from Latin est opus there is need

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