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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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