• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Estreat (Law) A true copy, duplicate, or extract of an original writing or record, esp. of amercements or penalties set down in the rolls of court to be levied by the bailiff, or other officer.
    • v. t Estreat (Law) To extract or take out from the records of a court, and send up to the court of exchequer to be enforced; -- said of a forfeited recognizance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n estreat In English law, an extract or a copy of a writing; a certified extract from a judicial record, especially of a fine or an amercement imposed by court.
    • estreat In English law: To extract or copy from records of a court of law, as a forfeited recognizance, and return to the Court of Exchequer for prosecution.
    • estreat To levy (fines) under an estreat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Estreat e-strēt′ (law) a true extract, copy, or note of some original writing or record, esp. of fines and amercements to be levied by bailiffs or other officers
    • v.t Estreat to extract from the records of a court, as a forfeited recognisance: to levy fines under an estreat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. estraite, prop., an extract, fr. p. p. of estraire, to extract, F. extraire, fr. L.extrahere,. See Extract


In literature:

He gave his son Horace two posts, as Clerk of the Estreats and Comptroller of the Pipe, when the boy was still an infant.
"The Mother of Parliaments" by Harry Graham

In news:

Once the Crown applies for bail to be forfeited , an "estreatment" hearing is held, which can include evidence as to why the prosecution believes the bail should be turned over to the government.