- attorn late 13c., Anglo-Fr., "to turn over to another," from O.Fr. atorner "to turn, turn to, assign, attribute, dispose," from a- "to" + tourner "to turn" (see TURN (Cf. turn)). In feudal law, "to transfer homage or allegiance to another lord."
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attorn — at·torn /ə tərn/ vi [Anglo French aturner to transfer (allegiance of a tenant to another lord), from Old French atorner to turn (to), arrange, from a to + torner to turn]: to agree to be the tenant of a new landlord or owner of the same property… … Law dictionary
Attorn — At*torn , v. i. [OF. atorner, aturner, atourner, to direct, prepare, dispose, attorn (cf. OE. atornen to return, adorn); [ a] (L. ad) + torner to turn; cf. LL. attornare to commit business to another, to attorn; ad + tornare to turn, L. tornare… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
attorn — To turn over; e.g., rent; a tenant agrees to recognize a new party as landlord. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 … Glossary of Bankruptcy
attorn — [ə tʉrn′] vi. [ME attournen < OFr atourner < a (L ad), to + torner, TURN] 1. Feudal Law to transfer homage and service from one feudal lord to another 2. to agree to continue as tenant under a new landlord attornment n … English World dictionary
attorn — intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English attournen, from Anglo French aturner to prepare, designate, attorn, from a (from Latin ad ) + turner to turn Date: 15th century to agree to be tenant to a new owner or landlord of the same property •… … New Collegiate Dictionary
attorn — To attorn is to make an attornment; to shift homage and fealty to a new lord; to accept and acknowledge a new landlord; to appoint an attorney or substitute … Ballentine's law dictionary
attorn — attornment, n. /euh terrn /, Law. v.i. 1. to acknowledge the relation of a tenant to a new landlord. v.t. 2. to turn over to another; transfer. [1425 75; late ME attournen < AF attourner, OF atourner to turn over to. See AT , TURN] * * * … Universalium
attorn — verb a) To transfer ones obligations to a person to another person. b) To consent to the transfer of ones obligations as tenant under a lease to a new landlord. Syn: traditio brevi manu … Wiktionary
Attorn — The process of transferring allegiance and homage from one lord to another. It was also used when land changed lords and the tenants who went with the land agreed to transfer all services and dues. The Latin form was attornamentum. [< OldFr.… … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases
attorn — v. n. == return. RG. 419, 539 … Oldest English Words