Definition of droit de suite in English:

droit de suite

noun

Law
  • 1Feudal Law. The legal right of a lord to seize a serf who has fled, or the property of such a serf, in another jurisdiction. Now historical and rare.

  • 2Fine Art. The legal right of the creator of an artwork to collect a royalty on its (public) resale by another party.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in The Gentleman's Magazine. From French droit de suite right of a lord to seize a serf who has fled, or his property, in another jurisdiction, right of an artist to claim royalties on the public resale of his works from droit + de of + suite pursuit.

Pronunciation

droit de suite

/ˌdrɔɪt də ˈswiːt/