crown land

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The band’s name subverts the history of crown land taken from Indigenous people in Canada. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 25 Oct. 2022 The launch facility will be built on crown land in accordance with a 20-year lease of approximately 335 acres near the rural communities of Canso, Little Dover, and Hazel Hill, Nova Scotia. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 2 Sep. 2022 New Brunswick is 50 percent private and 50 percent crown land, where anyone with a license can hunt. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, 2 Apr. 2020 The crown lands are still debated, as many Hawaiian groups believe they were illegally stolen. NBC News, 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, 24 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of crown land was in 1591

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“Crown land.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crown%20land. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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