One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A trustee invested with a freehold estate to hold in possession for a purpose, typically a charitable one.
- ‘The feoffees' secretary, Campbell Higgins, said the market operator still owed an unspecified amount of money.’
- ‘He became a legal advisor to Lord FitzWalter and later to his son, as well as a feoffee of the FitzWalter estates; he similarly served the Earl of Oxford, who had landed and commercial interests in Maldon.’
- 1.1historical (in feudal law) a person to whom a grant of freehold property is made.
- ‘The Sunday market was renting land owned by the feoffees, an ancient feudal society with land rights.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French feoffe ‘enfeoffed’, past participle of feoffer, variant of Old French fieffer (see feoffment).
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