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Landholder Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    landholder n : a holder or proprietor of land [syn: landowner, property owner}]
Landholder Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Landholder \Land"hold`er\, n. A holder, owner, or proprietor of land. -- Land"hold`ing, n. & a.
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Land tenure is the name given, particularly in common law systems, to the legal regime in which land is owned by an individual, who is said to "hold" the land (the French verb "tenir" means "to hold"; "tenant" is the present participle of "tenir"). The sovereign monarch, known as The Crown, held land in its own right. All private owners are either its tenants or sub-tenants. The term "tenure" is used to signify the relationship between tenant and lord, not the relationship between tenant and land.

Over history, many different forms of land ownership, i.e., ways of owning land, have been established.

A landholder or landowner is a holder of the estate in land with considerable rights of ownership or, simply put, an owner of land.

Historically in the system of feudalism, the lords who received land directly from the Crown were called tenants-in-chief. They doled out portions of their land to lesser tenants in exchange for services, who in turn divided it among even lesser tenants. This process—that of granting subordinate tenancies—is known as subinfeudation. In this way, all individuals except the monarch were said to hold the land "of" someone else.

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