mortmain

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

mort·main

noun \ˈmrt-ˌmān\

Definition of MORTMAIN

1
a :  an inalienable possession of lands or buildings by an ecclesiastical or other corporation
b :  the condition of property or other gifts left to a corporation in perpetuity especially for religious, charitable, or public purposes
2
:  the influence of the past regarded as controlling the present

Origin of MORTMAIN

Middle English morte-mayne, from Anglo-French mortmain, from morte (feminine of mort dead) + main hand, from Latin manus — more at manual
First Known Use: 15th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: mortuary (adjective)
Previous Word in the Dictionary: mortise (transitive verb)
All Words Near: mortmain

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up mortmain? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More