freelage

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier frelage, probably from Middle English *freolache, *freleche, deverbal of *freolachen, *frelechen (to be liberal, be generous) (compare Middle English freolac, freolaic, vreoleic, freolec (liberality, generosity)), from Old English *frēolǣċan (to give freely, offer generously), related to Old English frēolāc (free-will offering, oblation), equivalent to free +‎ -lock. Compare knowledge.

Noun[edit]

freelage (plural freelages)

  1. (UK dialectal) Privilege; immunity; franchise; the freedom or privilege of a burgess in a corporation.
  2. (UK dialectal) An heritable property as distinguished from a farm.

Adjective[edit]

freelage (comparative more freelage, superlative most freelage)

  1. (UK dialectal) Heritable.