One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who shares with others in the inheritance of an undivided estate or in the rights to it.
heir, heiress, legatee, recipient, receiverView synonyms
- ‘Where judgment for debt is had against one parcener, the lands of both may be taken in execution.’
- ‘In either of these cases, all the parceners put together make but one heir, and have but one estate among them.’
- ‘Parceners may voluntarily make partition of the land among them.’
- ‘Parceners should, before partition, be jointly sued, though they be entitled to the estate by different descents.’
- ‘So long as the lands continue to descend, they remain parceners.’
Middle English: via Anglo-Norman French from Latin partitio(n-) ‘partition’ + -er: compare with partner.
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