What does ATTORN mean?

ATTORN meaning in General Dictionary

to make or move homage and solution from a single lord to a different This is basically the act of feudatories vassals or renters upon the alienation regarding the property

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  • acknowledge a new land owner as you's landlord
  • to show, or transfer homage and solution, from a single lord to a different. This is basically the act of feudatories, vassals, or renters, upon the alienation regarding the estate.
  • To accept be tenant to at least one to whom reversion has been approved.

ATTORN meaning in Law Dictionary

In feudal law. To transfer or start to a different. Where a lord aliened his seigniory, he could with the permission of tenant, and perhaps without attorn or move the homage and solution for the latter into alienee or brand new lord. Bract, fols. 816, 82. In modern-day law. To consent into transfer of a rent or reversion. A tenant is said to attorn as he agrees in order to become the tenant of the person to who the reversion happens to be provided. See ATTORNMENT.


ATTORN meaning in Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., Anglo-French, "to show over to another," from Old French atorner "to show, look to, assign, attribute, dispose," from a- "to" (see ad-) + tourner "to make" (see turn (v.)). In feudal law, "to move homage or allegiance to a different lord."


ATTORN meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To show, or transfer homage and solution, from lord to a different. This is actually the work of feudatories, vassals, or renters, upon the alienation of the property.

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  • (v. t.) To agree to come to be tenant to one to whom reversion was granted.