crown land


Definition of crown land

1 : land belonging to the crown and yielding revenues that the reigning sovereign is entitled to
2 : public land in some British dominions or colonies

Examples of crown land in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New Brunswick is 50 percent private and 50 percent crown land, where anyone with a license can hunt. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "Spring Bear Hunting Forecast for the U.S. and Canada," 2 Apr. 2020 The crown lands are still debated, as many Hawaiian groups believe they were illegally stolen. NBC News, "Hawaiian protesters started a school on Mauna Kea to teach local culture to the next generation," 3 Aug. 2019 Many Native Hawaiians consider these lands part of the inventory of resources illegally taken from them by the United States and view the state as only temporary stewards of these crown lands. Trisha Kehaulani Watson-sproat, Vox, "Why Native Hawaiians are fighting to protect Maunakea from a telescope," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of crown land

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crown land.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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