- 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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Examples from the Web for estovers
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
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.
- law a right allowed by law to tenants of land to cut timber, esp for fuel and repairs
C15: from Anglo-French, plural of estover, n use of Old French estovoir to be necessary, from Latin est opus there is need