noun English Law.
(originally) a tenure of land in which the tenant was liable for a rental in money or produce rather than for labor or military service.
a customary system of land tenure whose chief feature was equal division of land among the heirs of the holder.
the land so held.
Origin of gavelkind
1175–1225; Middle English gavelkinde, gavlikind, Old English gafel gavel2
+ (ge)cynd kind2
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Examples from the Web for gavelkind
Historical Examples of gavelkind
Their tenures were the gavelkind once prevalent over most of the world.
The tenure of Gavelkind prevails principally in the County of Kent.
Gavelkind may be derived from gabel, a fork or branch, and the word is used in Ireland as well as in Kent.
Ordinarily in gavelkind, property was kept in male hands, descending from father to son.
This is, in other words, a history of the Gavelkind, and other remarkable customs of the County of Kent.
British Dictionary definitions for gavelkind
a former system of land tenure peculiar to Kent based on the payment of rent to the lord instead of the performance of services by the tenant
the land subject to such tenure
English law (formerly) land held under this system
Word Origin for gavelkind
C13: from Old English gafol tribute + gecynd kind ²
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