seizin

or sei·sin

[ see-zin ]
/ ˈsi zɪn /

noun Law.

(originally) possession of either land or chattel.
the kind of possession or right to possession characteristic of estates of freehold.

Origin of seizin

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French saisine, equivalent to sais(ir) to seize + -ine -ine2
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Examples from the Web for seizin

  • This was the transferring of land under the old ceremony of the livery of seizin, a feudal ceremony.

    The Historical Child|Oscar Chrisman
  • Th' bailiffs dhrove out in squads, seizin' cattle an' turnin' people into th' r-road.

  • This is of more value than a score of prisoners, although there's far less satisfaction in seizin' it.

  • There were some formal rites attending the transfer of the land and the ancient "livery of seizin" ceremony was duly enacted.

    Legends of Loudoun|Harrison Williams