Pronounced: RIM-pull, verb

Notes: I don’t think I’ve ever run across this word

Yesterday’s word

The word seisin means “possession of either land or chattel” (see comments below for more)

First usage

Our word came into English in the late 1200s

Background / Comments

I ran across this word in the dictionary, and thus the humbling (or aggravating) part of learning this word; it was used in the definition of another word; it is aggravating when dictionaries use a unknown word in a definition. At the same time, it is humbling because it should have been known. By the way that “other word” that I look up up will one show up in this list one day (hopefully). Concerning our word, it mostly shows up in law. If (like me), you weren’t sure what ‘chattel’ means, it refers to personal property that you can move from place to place; for example, cars, clothing, dishes, furniture — something that isn’t land or buildings or improvements on land. From that early definition, it can now also mean “the right to possession characteristic of estates of freehold”

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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