gavelkind

noun
gav·​el·​kind | \ ˈga-vəl-ˌkīnd How to pronounce gavelkind (audio) \

Definition of gavelkind

: 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

First Known Use of gavelkind

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gavelkind

Middle English gavelkynde, from gavel entry 1 + kinde kind

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“Gavelkind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gavelkind. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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