headright

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Etymology[edit]

From head +‎ right.

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Noun[edit]

headright (plural headrights)

  1. (Canada, US, now historical) A legal grant to own unsettled land in colonial America, or the land so claimed. [from 18th c.]
    • 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 4:
      By 1846 we had moved past the line of settlement, to my father's headright on the Pedernales.