house·​bote | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbōt How to pronounce housebote (audio) \
plural -s

Definition of housebote

: wood allowed to a tenant for repairing a house — compare estovers

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First Known Use of housebote

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for housebote

partial translation of (assumed) Middle English housbote (whence Medieval Latin husbota & Anglo-French ousbote), from Middle English hous house + bote repair, deliverance

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The first known use of housebote was before the 12th century

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“Housebote.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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