a true copy or extract of an original record entered in a law court, as of fines
Origin of estreatMiddle English and Anglo-French estrete from Old French estraite from Medieval Latin extracta from past participle of Classical Latin extrahere: see extract
- to take from the records of a law court for purposes of prosecution
- to take as a levy, fine, etc.
- (law) A true copy, duplicate, or extract of an original writing or record, especially of amercements or penalties set down in the rolls of court to be levied by the bailiff, or other officer.
(third-person singular simple present estreats, present participle estreating, simple past and past participle estreated)
Old French estraite (“an extract”).