join·​ture | \ ˈjȯin-chər How to pronounce jointure (audio) \

Definition of jointure

1a : an act of joining : the state of being joined
b : joint
2a : an estate settled on a wife to be taken by her in lieu of dower
b : a settlement on the wife of a freehold estate for her lifetime

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every jointure in the roof of the harbor tunnel shows signs of leakage
Recent Examples on the Web To see the feeble jointure of his hip and his paunch. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of jointure

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Jointure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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