headright

noun

Definition of headright

  1. 1 :  a grant (as of money or land) formerly given one who fulfilled certain conditions relating especially to settling and developing land (as in Virginia in 1619 and in Texas in 1839)

  2. 2 :  a right belonging to member of an American Indian tribe to receive a per-capita share in the distribution of income earned by the tribal trust fund (as from the sale or lease of mineral rights) or a share of the fund on its termination; also :  the right of a member to a share of tribal property

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