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  1. an estate or property settled on a woman in consideration of marriage, to be owned by her after her husband's death.

  2. Obsolete. a joint tenancy limited in favor of a husband and wife.

Origin of jointure

1325–75; Middle English <Old French <Latin junctūra, equivalent to junct- (see joint) + -ūra-ure

Other words from jointure

  • jointured, adjective
  • join·ture·less, adjective
  • un·join·tured, adjective

Words Nearby jointure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use jointure in a sentence

  • She must have a handsome jointure; but what are your grounds?'

    The Heir of Redclyffe | Charlotte M. Yonge
  • A woman with a good jointure is a doosid deal easier a profession than the law, let me tell you.

    A History of Pendennis, Volume 1 | William Makepeace Thackeray
  • But now that all this great Beaufort property is at my own disposal, I must think of Kate's jointure.

    Night and Morning, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Her jointure was narrow, and she had only got her motor-car by the simple expedient of ordering it but not paying for it.

    The Angel of Pain | E. F. Benson
  • Mrs. Hare must have her jointure house elsewhere, for we shall want the Grove for ourselves.

    East Lynne | Mrs. Henry Wood

British Dictionary definitions for jointure


/ (ˈdʒɔɪntʃə) /

  1. law

    • provision made by a husband for his wife by settling property upon her at marriage for her use after his death

    • the property so settled

  2. obsolete the act of joining or the condition of being joined

Origin of jointure

C14: from Old French, from Latin junctūra a joining

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