Definitions for entailɛnˈteɪl; ˈɛn teɪl

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word entail

Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(5.00 / 1 vote)

  1. entail(noun)

    land received by fee tail

  2. entail(verb)

    the act of entailing property; the creation of a fee tail from a fee simple

  3. entail, imply, mean(verb)

    have as a logical consequence

    "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

  4. entail, implicate(verb)

    impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result

    "What does this move entail?"

  5. fee-tail, entail(verb)

    limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. entail(Noun)

    That which is entailed. Hence:

  2. entail(Noun)

    Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.

  3. entail(Verb)

    To imply or require.

    This activity will entail careful attention to detail.

  4. entail(Verb)

    To settle or fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a person and his descendants or a certain line of descendants; -- said especially of an estate; to bestow as a heritage.

  5. entail(Verb)

    To appoint hereditary possessor.

  6. entail(Verb)

    To cut or carve in an ornamental way.

  7. Origin: From entaile, from entaille, from entailler; from prefix en- + tailler, from taliare, from talea. Compare late Latin feudum talliatum.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Entail(noun)

    that which is entailed

  2. Entail(noun)

    an estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a particular class of issue

  3. Entail(noun)

    the rule by which the descent is fixed

  4. Entail(noun)

    delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio

  5. Entail(noun)

    to settle or fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a person and his descendants or a certain line of descendants; -- said especially of an estate; to bestow as an heritage

  6. Entail(noun)

    to appoint hereditary possessor

  7. Entail(noun)

    to cut or carve in a ornamental way

  8. Origin: [OE. entailen to carve, OF. entailler. See Entail, n.]

The Nuttall EncyclopediaRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Entail

    a term in law which came to be used in connection with the practice of limiting the inheritance of estates to a certain restricted line of heirs. Attempts of the kind, which arise naturally out of the deeply-seated desire which men have to preserve property—especially landed estates—in their own families, are of ancient date; but the system as understood now, involving the principle of primogeniture, owes its origin to the feudal system. Sometimes the succession was limited to the male issue, but this was by no means an invariable practice; in modern times the system has been, by a succession of Acts of Parliaments (notably the Cairns Act of 1882), greatly modified, and greater powers given to the actual owner of alienating the estates to which he has succeeded, a process which is called "breaking the entail."

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'entail' in Verbs Frequency: #921

Translations for entail

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • mit sich bringen, bedingen, als unveräußerliches Gut vererben, nach sich ziehen, verursachenGerman
  • conllevar, implicarSpanish
  • sisältää, tuoda mukanaanFinnish
  • entail, comporterFrench
  • comportare, implicareItalian
  • verlangenDutch
  • требовать, влечьRussian

Get even more translations for entail »


Find a translation for the entail definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these entail definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"entail." STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 26 Mar. 2015. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for entail? Don't keep it to yourself...

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for entail:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.