frankmarriage

noun

Definition of frankmarriage

: the tenure in feudal law by which a man and his wife held an estate granted by a blood relative of the wife in consideration of their marriage, whether before or after it, to be held of the donor by the issue of the marriage to not less than the fourth generation and without other service than fealty

called also liberum maritagium

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History and Etymology for frankmarriage

Middle English franke mariage, from Anglo-French fraunk mariage, literally, free marriage

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“Frankmarriage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frankmarriage. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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