Definition of estovers in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈstəʊvəz/
Pronunciation: /ɛˈstəʊvəz/

plural noun

(usually common/right of estovers) British , chiefly historical
The right to take wood from land one does not own, especially land of which one is the tenant or lessee: they exercised their rights of common and estovers of dead and dry wood in the forest
More example sentences
  • The profit of estovers is the right to take wood for use as fuel or for domestic or agricultural purposes.
  • The only right not abolished was the right of estovers - the right to collect dead wood.
  • In High Wood the ancient tenants had common of estovers, for which each paid annually with a hen or one shilling in lieu.


Late 15th century: plural of Anglo-Norman French estover, noun use of a verb meaning 'be necessary', based on Latin est opus 'it is necessary'.

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