gav·​el·​kind ˈga-vəl-ˌkīnd How to pronounce gavelkind (audio)
: a tenure of land existing chiefly in Kent from Anglo-Saxon times until 1925 and providing for division of an intestate's estate equally among the sons or other heirs

Word History


Middle English gavelkynde, from gavel entry 1 + kinde kind

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gavelkind was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gavelkind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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