Definition of estovers in English:


plural noun

usually common/right of estovers
  • The right to take wood from land one does not own, especially land of which one is the tenant or lessee:

    ‘they exercised their rights of common and estovers of dead and dry wood in the forest’
    • ‘The profit of estovers is the right to take wood for use as fuel or for domestic or agricultural purposes.’
    • ‘The only right not abolished was the right of estovers - the right to collect dead wood.’
    • ‘In High Wood the ancient tenants had common of estovers, for which each paid annually with a hen or one shilling in lieu.’


Late 15th century: plural of Anglo-Norman French estover, noun use of a verb meaning be necessary, based on Latin est opus it is necessary.