Fiar

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fiar (Scots Law) One in whom the property of an estate is vested, subject to the estate of a life renter. "I am fiar of the lands; she a life renter."
    • Fiar The price of grain, as legally fixed, in the counties of Scotland, for the current year.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fiar In Scots law, one to whom any property belongs in fee—that is, one who has the property in reversion as contrasted with life-rent; the person in whom the property of an estate is vested, burdened with the right of life-rent.
    • n fiar plural In Scotland, the prices of the different kinds of grain for the current year, as fixed by the sheriff of each county and a jury, after the production of expert evidence, and the hearing of all parties interested. This proceeding, which takes place in February or March, is called striking the fiars; the prices thus struck are called fiars' prices, and rule in all grain contracts where no price had been specified, as well as in calculating the money value of such stipends, rents, etc., as are properly payable in grain.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Feuar

Usage

In literature:

The old lady was certainly absolute fiar, and might dispose of it in full right of property.
"Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Chartrand look like he on fiar, he so red, he so mad, he swell up same like ole bull frog.
"At Fault" by Kate Chopin
It is not known when or how the practice of "striking the fiars," as it is called, originated.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
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