- (historical) An English unit of land and tax assessment intend to support one household and notionally equal to 120 acre.
The hide was originally intended to represent the amount of land farmed by a single household but was primarily connected to obligations owed to the Saxon and Norman kings and thus varied greatly from place to place. Around the time of the Domesday Book under the Normans, the hide was usually but not always the land expected to produce £1 (1 Tower pound of sterling silver) in income over the year.
Synonyms: See carucate
- (¼ hide) See virgate
- (⅛ hide) See oxgang
- (1/16 hide) nook