Meaning of “freeholder” in the English Dictionary

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"freeholder" in British English

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freeholdernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfriː.həʊl.dər/ us /ˈfriː.hoʊl.dɚ/ UK

Examples from literature

  • A careful analysis was made of lists of freeholders, and other available sources, in the various counties. 
  • An assembly, composed of the governor, the council, and twelve delegates from the freeholders of the incipient settlements, these formed a government which enjoyed popular confidence. 
  • As a rule the party which the Liberals call Conservative has advocated that would-be settlers should be allowed to choose their tenure for themselves, and to be leaseholders or freeholders as they please. 
  • It had cleaned her streets and lightened the burdens of taxation which rested so grievously upon the freeholders. 
  • That was a matter of slight importance in England, as the number of small freeholders was limited, land being usually let for a term of years. 

(Definition of “freeholder” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"freeholder" in Business English

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freeholdernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfriːhəʊldər/ us mainly UK PROPERTY, LAW

someone who owns the freehold on a building or piece of land:

Buildings insurance on flats is usually paid for by the freeholder and then charged to leaseholders as part of the annual service charge.

(Definition of “freeholder” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)