• WordNet 3.6
    • n freehold tenure by which land is held in fee simple or for life
    • n freehold an estate held in fee simple or for life
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Freehold (Law) An estate in real property, of inheritance (in fee simple or fee tail) or for life; or the tenure by which such estate is held.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n freehold In law: Originally, in England, an estate in land in possession held by a freeman; a free socage or feudal estate; now, an estate in fee simple or fee tail, or for life, as opposed to copyhold. See the extract.
    • n freehold Hence, in general, an estate in land such as was originally considered as being an ownership of the soil itself, as distinguished from a mere use or chattel interest in it. That is, it is an estate in possession, either of indefinite future duration, transmissible to one's heirs (called an estate of inheritance), or for the life of either the owner or some one else; or “an estate in possession, the duration of which is not fixed or ascertained by a specified limit of time” (Digby).
    • n freehold A parcel of land held by either of the tenures above described.
    • n freehold Figuratively, any free or unrestricted possession, or right of possession; that which belongs to one absolutely.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Freehold a property held free of duty except to the king
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. freo; Ger. frei, Ice. frí.


In literature:

Even here, however, the writer's ground is rented, not freehold.
"Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860" by George Saintsbury
If it absolutely refuses the idea of freehold, it will certainly not repudiate leasehold.
"New Worlds For Old" by Herbert George Wells
When the day of election arrived, Mr. Bannatine was the only freeholder present.
"Notes and Queries, Number 216, December 17, 1853" by Various
That only one person shall be admitted to vote for any one house or tenement, to prevent the splitting of freeholds.
"Commentaries on the Laws of England" by William Blackstone
In Freehold there is a company now of twenty-five twelvemonth boys that needs a captain.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
The freehold pays three per cent., with similar results in the comfort of the tenant.
"Time and Tide by Weare and Tyne" by John Ruskin
The Revolution of 1688 confined power to the aristocracy of freeholders.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
But the Statute of Enrolments was in terms limited to estates of freehold.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
The old view that at least two freeholders were required for its composition is also now discarded.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Was not every freeholder in this country registered?
"Discussion on American Slavery" by George Thompson

In poetry:

Oh, shall there be no space, no time,
No century of weal in store,
No freehold in a nobler clime,
Where men shall strive no more?
"The Better Day" by Archibald Lampman
British law to give him safety,
British fleets to guard his shore,
And a square of British freehold—
He had all we have, and more.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
And how these are proud as monarchs,
Living gaily on their own,
With their freehold for their empire,
And their fireside for their throne.
"A Song For May" by Ernest Jones
The new world honors him whose lofty plea
For England's freedom made her own more sure,
Whose song, immortal as its theme, shall be
Their common freehold while both worlds endure.
"Incription to Milton" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I'm a broken-down old squatter, my cash it is all gone,
Of troubles and bad seasons I complain;
My cattle are all mortgaged, of horses I have none,
And I've lost that little freehold on the plain.
"The Freehold on the Plain" by Anonymous Oceania
Chorus: The stockyard's broken down, etc.
I built myself a mansion, and chose myself a wife;
Of her I have no reason to complain;
For I thought I had sufficient to last me all my life,
But I've lost that little freehold on the plain.
"The Freehold on the Plain" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

But some freeholders contend "democracy" could get yanked in the process.
Gordon was given a run for his 38th District seat by John Driscoll Jr. Driscoll is chairman of the county Freeholder Board.
Bergen Freeholders set up e-mail account for merger comments.
The new vans are expected to reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 90 percent, said Freeholder-Director Robert M Damminger.
Hudson freeholders expected to authorize negotiating for property to extend Central Avenue.
The Bergen County freeholders currently are considering a proposed contract that would call for the County Police to provide services to Demarest.
We had a great time at Freehold Raceway Mall for our annual Black Friday live show, and we saw a lot of people leaving after getting there at midnight, and we saw a lot of people arriving bright and early for a day of holiday shopping.
Blood test s done on Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly following a fatal accident in Eagleswood have come back negative.
Ocean County Freeholder John Kelly (Ocean County Freeholders).
For Jennifer King, Freehold Borough 's senior All-State gymnast, the final meet of her high school career was bittersweet.
No 'parking' for Gloucester County GOP freeholders in brochure .
David Gard/Times of Trenton In a 2008 photo, Alysia Welch-Chester announced her candidacy for Mercer County Freeholder.
She was born at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold, N.J.
Corrections officers happy with new Cumberland freeholders.
PBA Local 231 Cumberland County Department of Corrections would like to congratulate our endorsed Cumberland County Freeholders Doug Long and Joe Derella.

In science:

If we denote [FA ] by the set of homotype classes of Freehold elements in M (A ⊗ K ), there is Mingo’s index map ∂ : [FA ] → K0(A) which is actually an isomorphism .
Some examples of lifting problems from quotient algebras