noun alo·di·um \əˈlōdēəm, aˈ-\
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\əˈlōdēəm, aˈ-\

Definition of alodium



  1. 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. 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

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Origin and Etymology of 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)

First Known Use: 1607

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