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A tenure in England and Scotland under which property of the king or a lord in a town was held in return for a yearly rent or the rendering of a service.
[Middle English, from Old French bourgage, from Medieval Latin burgāgium, from Late Latin burgus, fortified town, of Germanic origin; see burgess.]
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1. (Historical Terms) (in England) tenure of land or tenement in a town or city, which originally involved a fixed money rent
2. (Historical Terms) (in Scotland) the tenure of land direct from the crown in Scottish royal burghs in return for watching and warding
[C14: from Medieval Latin burgāgium, from burgus, from Old English burg; see borough]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
(formerly, in England) tenure of crown or feudal property for a fixed rent or the service of guardianship.
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British, Obsolete, a form of land tenure under which land was held in return for payment of a fixed sum of money in rent or for rendering of service. Also called socage.See also: Land, Property and Ownership
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