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1. Law
a. A form of estate in which possession is held in fee, in tail, for the duration of the person's life, or during the life of some other person.
b. The tenure by which such an estate is held.
2. A tenure of an office or a dignity for life.

[Middle English frehold, translation of Anglo-Norman fraunc tenement : fraunc, free + tenement, possession.]

free′hold′er n.
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(Law) property law a person in possession of a freehold building or estate in land
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(ˈfriˌhoʊl dər)

1. the owner of a freehold.
2. an elected official of a county in New Jersey.
[1325–75; Middle English freholder]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.freeholder - the owner of a freehold
landholder, landowner, property owner - a holder or proprietor of land
yeoman - in former times was free and cultivated his own land
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[ˈfriːˌhəʊldəʳ] N (Brit) → titular mf del pleno dominio or de la propiedad absoluta
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References in classic literature ?
I am a citizen, and a freeholder, and a graduate of two universities; and I stand upon my rights!
Moreover, "liviers" were disapproved of in villages almost as much as little freeholders, because of their independence of manner, and when a lease determined it was never renewed.
The inhabitants were freeholders, which is not very usual in Chile.
You've heard of the Pusey horn, which King Canute gave to the Puseys of that day, and which the gallant old squire, lately gone to his rest (whom Berkshire freeholders turned out of last Parliament, to their eternal disgrace, for voting according to his conscience), used to bring out on high days, holidays, and bonfire nights.
AUnless you or the freeholder take specific steps to end the tenancy it will simply continue on exactly the same terms.
If your home is held under a lease, the property will eventually revert to the freeholder - your landlord - stripping you of potentially your most valuable asset.
AYou won't have a claim for compensation, but the freeholder (from whom you lease the land) might.
This came from the agents for the freeholder, who were very unhelpful, but my solicitors promised to look into it for me.
HISTORIC STONE Gladstone Storey, who is a Newbiggin freeholder with the dunting stone.
It's likely to be a condition of your lease that you ask the freeholder's permission if you want to make alterations to your property.
PLENTY OF INTEREST IN BECOMING A FREEHOLDER AUCTIONEER Barbara Turner, from Louis Johnson, says there has already been a lot of interest in the sale of the freeholders' stint.