variants: or allodium \ əˈlōdēəm , aˈ-​ \
plural -s

Definition of alodium

1 : a form of estate among 11th century Anglo-Saxons in which absolute possession and control were vested in the holder opposed to feodum
2 : land that is the absolute property of the owner : real estate held in absolute independence without being subject to any rent, service, or acknowledgment to a superior

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First Known Use of alodium

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alodium

Medieval Latin, from Old High German (Franconian) alōd, from al all + -ōd property (akin to Old English ēad property, Old Saxon ōd, Old High German ōtac rich, Old Norse authr property, Gothic audags blessed)

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“Alodium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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