One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in feudal law) a grant of ownership of freehold property to someone.
- ‘He was still the tenant in 1398; judging from a 1403 feoffment, he may have been holding as a trustee for the dower rights of Gile's widow, Margaret.’
Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French fieffer ‘put in legal possession’, from fief (see fee and fief).
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