attornment

attorn

[uh-turn] Law.
verb (used without object)
1.
to acknowledge the relation of a tenant to a new landlord.
verb (used with object)
2.
to turn over to another; transfer.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English attournen < Anglo-French attourner, Old French atourner to turn over to. See at-, turn

attornment, noun
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attorn (əˈtɜːn)
 
vb
1.  law to acknowledge a new owner of land as one's landlord
2.  feudal history to transfer allegiance or do homage to a new lord
 
[C15: from Old French atourner to direct to, from tourner to turn]
 
at'tornment
 
n

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attorn
late 13c., Anglo-Fr., "to turn over to another," from O.Fr. atorner "to turn, turn to, assign, attribute, dispose," from a- "to" + tourner "to turn" (see turn). In feudal law, "to transfer homage or allegiance to another lord."
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