[ join-cher ]
/ ˈdʒɔɪn tʃər /

noun Law.

an estate or property settled on a woman in consideration of marriage, to be owned by her after her husband's death.
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
Related formsjoin·tured, adjectivejoin·ture·less, adjectiveun·join·tured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jointure


/ (ˈdʒɔɪntʃə) /


  1. provision made by a husband for his wife by settling property upon her at marriage for her use after his death
  2. the property so settled
obsolete the act of joining or the condition of being joined

Word Origin for jointure

C14: from Old French, from Latin junctūra a joining
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Word Origin and History for jointure



late 14c., "act or fact of being joined," from Old French jointure "a putting together," from Latin iunctura "a joining, juncture" (see juncture). Specific legal sense from mid-15c.

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