Definition of borsholder
1 : the head person of a tithing
2 : a parish officer in Great Britain corresponding to the petty constable
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Origin and Etymology of borsholder
by folk etymology (influence of holder) from earlier borsolder, from (assumed) Middle English borwes alder, borghes alder (whence Anglo-French borghesaldre), from (assumed) Middle English borwes, borghes of a tithing (from Middle English borwes, borghes of a pledge, genitive of borwe, borgh pledge) + Middle English alder leader, chief, from Old English aldor, ealdor chief, parent, head of a family
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