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headright

[hed-rahyt]
noun
  1. Law. a beneficial interest for each member of an Indian tribe in the tribal trust fund accruing from the lease of tribal oil, gas, and mineral rights, the sale of tribal lands, etc.
  2. American History. a grant of land, usually 50 acres to a settler, given by certain colonies and companies in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Origin of headright

An Americanism dating back to 1695–1705; head + right
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Historical Examples of head-right

  • This land arrangement, called the "Head-Right" system, formed the basis of the Virginia land system.

    Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia

    Dorothy M. Torpey