Definition of turbary in English:


Line breaks: tur|bary
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːb(ə)ri


(in full common of turbary) (plural turbaries) [mass noun] British
  • 1The legal right to cut turf or peat for fuel on common ground or on another person’s ground.
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    • The profit of turbary is the right to cut turf or peat, usually in order to burn it.
    • Many bog owners and people with turbary rights cut turf on an acre plot.
    • Typical rights might include turbary or grazing rights.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A place where turf or peat is dug or cut under the right of turbary.
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    • The peat produced in these turbaries was sometimes used within the manor or priory, but a large proportion was sold.
    • Turf banks and turbaries are held under all sorts of conditions.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French turberie, from Old French tourbe 'turf'.

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