A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another.

The above is the third definition of holding in this dictionary.

I couldn't make sense of the part in italics, especially on their use of held; is it a past participle? And shouldn't it be by (instead of of)?

  • A farm held of another is a farm held (occupied, used) by one person (the tenant) but owned by another person (the owner or landlord). – Michael Harvey Nov 12 '19 at 22:54
  • But then is the use of the preposition of above correct; shouldn't it be for? Or is held of an idiomatic construction (research about this expression have turned nothing)? – Norbert Nov 12 '19 at 23:02
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    It is a legal usage – Michael Harvey Nov 13 '19 at 7:14
  • Somewhat archaic, as are many legal usages. – Michael Harvey Nov 13 '19 at 12:50

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