borough-English


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Related to borough-English: gavelkind, tanistry

bor·ough-Eng·lish

(bûr′ō-ĭng′glĭsh)
n.
An old custom in certain English boroughs whereby the right to inherit an estate intestate went to the youngest son or, in default of male issue, to the youngest brother.

[Partial translation of Anglo-Norman tenure en burgh Engloys, tenure in an English borough; see borough.]
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borough-English

n
(Law) English law (until 1925) a custom in certain English boroughs whereby the youngest son inherited land to the exclusion of his older brothers. Compare primogeniture, gavelkind
[C14: from Anglo-French tenure en burgh Engloys tenure in an English borough; so called because the custom was unknown in France]
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