estovers

[ e-stoh-verz ]
/ ɛˈstoʊ vərz /

plural noun Law.

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

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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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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