allodium

allodium

[uh-loh-dee-uhm]
noun, plural allodia [uh-loh-dee-uh] .
land owned absolutely; land owned and not subject to any rent, service, or other tenurial right of an overlord.
Also, alodium.
Also called allod [al-od, -uhd] , alod.


Origin:
1620–30; < Medieval Latin < Frankish *allōd- (all all + -ōd patrimony, cognate with Old Norse ōth- in ōthal, Gothic -ōth- in haim-ōthli, Old Saxon ōth- in ōthil, Old English, Old Frisian ēth- in ēthel, akin (by gradation) to ath- of atheling) + Medieval Latin -ium -ium

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allodium or allod (əˈləʊdɪəm, ˈælɒd)
 
n , pl -lodia, -lods
history Also: alodium lands held in absolute ownership, free from such obligations as rent or services due to an overlord
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin, from Old German allōd (unattested) entire property, from al-all + -ōd property; compare Old High German ōt, Old English eād property]
 
allod or allod (əˈləʊdɪəm, ˈælɒd, -ˈləʊdɪə)
 
n
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin, from Old German allōd (unattested) entire property, from al-all + -ōd property; compare Old High German ōt, Old English eād property]

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allodium

land freely held, without obligation of service to any overlord. Allodial land tenure was of particular significance in western Europe during the Middle Ages, when most land was held by feudal tenure

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