free bench

noun

variants or free bank
: the interest formerly held in English law by a widow or sometimes a widower in the copyhold or customary lands of the deceased spouse compare dower sense 1

Word History

Etymology

translation of Medieval Latin francus bancus

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“Free bench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20bench. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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