estreat

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French estraite (an extract).

Noun[edit]

estreat (plural estreats)

  1. (law) A true copy, duplicate, or extract of an original writing or record, especially of amercements or penalties set down in the rolls of court to be levied by the bailiff, or other officer.
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Verb[edit]

estreat (third-person singular simple present estreats, present participle estreating, simple past and past participle estreated)

  1. (law) To extract or take out from the records of a court, and send up to the court of exchequer to be enforced; said of a forfeited recognizance.
  2. To bring in to the exchequer, as a fine.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.