- the rent at which land is let to a tenant either for a long term or perpetually.
Origin of ground rent
First recorded in 1660–70
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Examples from the Web for ground rent
For this he received £2 10s., and his ground-rent was reduced from 13d.Shakespeare's Family
Mrs. C. C. Stopes
He had taken the ground-rent of the city lot, and had erected the orfice at his own cost.Short Sixes
H. C. Bunner
By this noble act the chapel was freed from debt, there remaining only a ground-rent of 8l.The Church Index
"You had better go to the devil and ask him for my ground-rent," he said.
He was there, and there he would remain till he got the ground-rent.
- law the rent reserved by a lessor on granting a lease, esp one for a long period of years
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