Definition of free bench in US English:

free bench

noun

Law
historical
  • The entitlement, in certain circumstances, of a married woman to the retention and use during her lifetime of land or property after the death of her husband; the land or property held by such entitlement, the widow's dower.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Domesday Ipswich. From free + bench, originally after Anglo-Norman franc banc frank bank. Compare post-classical Latin francus bancus, francbancus, liber bancus.

Pronunciation

free bench

/ˌfriː ˈbɛn(t)ʃ/