borsholder

noun
bors·​hold·​er | \ ˈbȯ(r)sˌhōldə(r), ˈbȯ(r)ˌsō- \
plural -s

Definition of borsholder

1 : the head person of a tithing
2 : a parish officer in Great Britain corresponding to the petty constable

History and Etymology for 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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“Borsholder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/borsholder. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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