- 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
Examples from the Web for jointure
"But if my Lady Rackrent dies, there's an end of all jointure," says Jason.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
"You will do me the favour, mother, to accept of this addition to your jointure," said he.
And I am confident he will make my jointure every thing, and more than every thing, I could desire.
The Castle of Montargis is my jointure; at Orleans there is no house.The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete
Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
So skillfully is this done that it is impossible to detect the lines of jointure.Legends of Wailuku
- 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
- obsolete the act of joining or the condition of being joined
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.