One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
That possesses a freehold; that is a freeholder.
Middle English; earliest use found in Statutes of the Realm. From free + holding, after either Anglo-Norman franctenement, franctenance, or post-classical Latin tenementum liberum<br>late Middle English; earliest use found in Acts of Parliament of Scotland. From free + holding, after freeholder. With use as noun compare earlier freeholder, and also the Anglo-Norman and Latin forms cited at that entry.
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