Fee Tail Definition

An estate in real property which may be inherited only by a specified class of heirs, usually the natural children of the owner.
Webster's New World
A fee estate granted to a particular individual and his or her specified heirs (typically direct issue, not collateral heirs) and that reverts if the individual dies without such heirs.
Webster's New World Law

Other Word Forms of Fee Tail


fee tail
fees tail

Origin of Fee Tail

  • Middle English fe taille from Anglo-Norman fee taile fee fee fee Old French taile past participle of tailier to cut tailor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Derived from the Middle Latin foedum talliatum.

    From Wiktionary

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