freehold

noun
free·​hold | \ ˈfrē-ˌhōld How to pronounce freehold (audio) \

Definition of freehold

1 : a tenure of real property by which an estate in fee simple or fee tail or an estate for life is held also : an estate held by such tenure — compare fee sense 1
2 British : an estate held in fee simple

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Other Words from freehold

freehold adjective or adverb
freeholder \ ˈfrē-​ˌhōl-​dər How to pronounce freeholder (audio) \ noun

Examples of freehold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some 65% of Whitbread’s estate is freehold, and international buyers might be attracted by the prospect of using the dirt-cheap pound to grab themselves some British property assets. Washington Post, "British Pubs Aren’t the Only Brexit Bargain," 22 Aug. 2019 But sale-and-leaseback deals (when companies sell off freehold sites and rent them back) are risky. Washington Post, "British Pubs Aren’t the Only Brexit Bargain," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of freehold

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Freehold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freehold. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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freehold

noun
free·​hold | \ ˈfrē-ˌhōld How to pronounce freehold (audio) \

Legal Definition of freehold

: a tenure of real property the duration of which cannot be determined and by which an estate in fee simple or fee tail or for life is held also : an estate held by such tenure — compare leasehold

Other Words from freehold

freehold adjective or adverb

History and Etymology for freehold

translation of Anglo-French frank tenement freehold estate

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