land grant


Definition of land grant

: a grant of land made by the government especially for roads, railroads, or agricultural colleges

Examples of land grant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Morrill Acts passed by Congress facilitated the creation of Black land grant colleges. CNN, "Howard University president: The pool of Black talent in America is not 'limited' at all," 25 Oct. 2020 Eschenfelder — who attended a land grant college in central Texas, A&M — with his organization and website is among a chorus of voices crying out to county and state leadership to pay attention before another flood ruins their homes. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Frustrated Cypress Creek group asks county for two solutions to flooding," 19 Sep. 2020 Originally part of a land grant, the ranch was fully deeded as a sanctuary for Franciscan friars in the late 1700s. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "3 of the Best Places to Stay in Santa Barbara Right Now," 1 Sep. 2020 Lovers of the region’s long history, the Sanfords chose the name to reflect the soul of the Rancho Santa Rosa, which was the original Spanish land grant that covers much of today’s appellation. Matt Kettmann,, "Start your wine tasting in the Sta. Rita Hills with Alma Rosa," 25 June 2020 With millions of acres in land grants from the state, and bonds raised for them by local communities like Palestine, the railroads took off, connecting local communities across the state and connecting the state to the nation. Steve Presley, National Review, "Union Pacific Railroad’s Betrayal of Small-Town America," 5 May 2020 The group aimed to raise $125,000 for the park's first phase to have an opening in the spring of 2020 in the 80 acres of land granted by the city, along with a 15-year lease. Alex Harrison,, "Group raises funds for Greendale memorial park honoring Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill," 16 Jan. 2020 Lord John has come for a brief visit bearing gifts, including a land grant to Roger and Bree for 5000 acres as an attempt at compensation for the hanging error. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Outlander recap: I will always sing for you," 13 Apr. 2020 Tryon offers Jamie a land grant, whereby Jamie would get 10,000 acres of land, but would in exchange be responsible for getting people to settle on the land, and would also be forced to swear loyalty to King George of England. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "Outlander's Governor Tryon Was a Very Real Person Set on Stopping the Regulator Movement," 17 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of land grant

1862, in the meaning defined above

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3 Nov 2020

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“Land grant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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