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plural noun Law.
  1. necessaries allowed by law, as wood and timber to a tenant or alimony to a spouse.
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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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Examples from the Web for estovers

Historical Examples

  • Common of estovers is the liberty of taking the necessary wood for a house or farm from another's estate.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia


  • It would be strange to my purpose to discuss the details of common of estovers, of turbary, or of fishery.

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff

  • The various kinds of estovers were thus known as house-bote, cart or plough-bote, hedge or hay-bote, and fire-bote respectively.

  • Moreover, the statutes have never enabled an inclosure to be made against commoners entitled to estovers or turbary.

British Dictionary definitions for estovers


pl n
  1. law a right allowed by law to tenants of land to cut timber, esp for fuel and repairs
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Word Origin

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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