attorn(redirected from attorns)
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intr.v. at·torned, at·torn·ing, at·torns
To recognize or bring about a transfer, especially of property.
To transfer (something) to another.
[Middle English attournen, from Old French atorner, to assign to : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + torner, to turn; see turn.]
1. (Law) law to acknowledge a new owner of land as one's landlord
2. (Historical Terms) feudal history to transfer allegiance or do homage to a new lord
[C15: from Old French atourner to direct to, from tourner to turn]
(of a tenant) to accept the authority of a new landlord.
[1425–75; late Middle English attournen < Anglo-French attourner, Old French atourner to turn over to. See at-, turn]
Past participle: attorned
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|Verb||1.||attorn - acknowledge a new land owner as one's landlord; "he was attorned by the tenants"|
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"