- an estate in land, inherited or held for life.
- a form of tenure by which an estate is held in fee simple, fee tail, or for life.
- pertaining to, of the nature of, or held by freehold.
Origin of freehold
- a town in E New Jersey: battle of Monmouth courthouse 1778.
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Examples from the Web for freehold
We would do well to remember he doesn't possess the freehold.The Coronation of King Obama
January 18, 2009
His right to the land, in fact, was not freehold, but tenure by villein socage.The Philippine Islands
Such was the issue of the battle of Freehold, or of Monmouth, as the Americans call it.
The landholder in Virginia became then in effect a freehold tenant of the King.Mother Earth
W. Stitt Robinson, Jr.
I suppose you wouldn't know whether the land about there was freehold?The Forsyte Saga, Complete
The squire greatly coveted the freehold of Queen Anne's Farm.Rhoda Fleming, Complete
- tenure by which land is held in fee simple, fee tail, or for life
- an estate held by such tenure
- relating to or having the nature of freehold
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Word Origin and History for freehold
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