alodium

noun

alo·​di·​um
variants or allodium
əˈlōdēəm,
aˈ-
plural -s
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
usually allodium : 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

Word History

Etymology

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)

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alodium was in 1607

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“Alodium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alodium. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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