Allodium

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Allodium (Law) Freehold estate; land which is the absolute property of the owner; real estate held in absolute independence, without being subject to any rent, service, or acknowledgment to a superior. It is thus opposed to feud.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n allodium Freehold estate; land which is the absolute property of the owner; real estate held in absolute independence, without being subject to any rent, service, or acknowledgment to a superior. It is thus opposed to feud. Sometimes used, in the Anglo-Saxon period, of land which was alienable and inheritable, even though held of a superior lord. Also written allod, alody.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Allodium al-lō′di-um freehold estate: land held in the possession of the owner without being subject to a feudal superior
    • Allodium Also Allod, Alod
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. allodium, alodium, alodis, alaudis, of Ger. origin; cf. OHG. al, all, and t,AS. eād,) possession, property. It means, therefore, entirely one's property

Usage

In literature:

A transposition of these syllables makes ALL ODH, or ALLODIUM, which means absolute property.
"Landholding In England" by Joseph Fisher
He deprived the peasants of their allodium, and declared all land to be the property of the king.
"The Story of Norway" by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
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