Hotchpot
Hotchpot Hotch"pot`, Hotchpotch Hotch"potch`, n. [F. hochepot, fr. hocher to shake + pot pot; both of Dutch or German origin; cf. OD. hutspot hotchpotch, D. hotsen, hutsen, to shake. See {Hustle}, and {Pot}, and cf. {Hodgepodge}.] 1. A mingled mass; a confused mixture; a stew of various ingredients; a hodgepodge. [1913 Webster]

A mixture or hotchpotch of many tastes. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) A blending of property for equality of division, as when lands given in frank-marriage to one daughter were, after the death of the ancestor, blended with the lands descending to her and to her sisters from the same ancestor, and then divided in equal portions among all the daughters. In modern usage, a mixing together, or throwing into a common mass or stock, of the estate left by a person deceased and the amounts advanced to any particular child or children, for the purpose of a more equal division, or of equalizing the shares of all the children; the property advanced being accounted for at its value when given. --Bouvier. Tomlins. [1913 Webster]

Note: This term has been applied in cases of salvage. Story. It corresponds in a measure with collation in the civil and Scotch law. See {Collation}. --Bouvier. Tomlins. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hotchpot — hotch·pot / häch ˌpät/ n [Anglo French hochepot, from Old French, thick soup or stew, from hochier to shake + pot pot] 1: the combining of properties into a common lot to ensure equality of division among those entitled to a share of an estate… …   Law dictionary

  • hotchpot — [häch′pät΄] n. [ME hochepot < OFr, stew < hocher, to shake (< Frank * hottisōn, akin to LowG hotzen < IE base * kwet , to shake > L quatere) + pot, POT3] Eng. Law a pooling of property of different persons for equal redistribution …   English World dictionary

  • Hotchpot — In property law, hotchpot (sometimes referred to as hotchpotch or the hotchpotch rule) refers to the blending of property in order to secure equality of division. It usually arises in cases of divorce or in connection with advances made from the… …   Wikipedia

  • hotchpot — The blending and mixing property belonging to different persons, in order to divide it equally. Anciently applied to the mixing and blending of lands given to one daughter in frank marriage, with those descending to her and her sisters in fee… …   Black's law dictionary

  • hotchpot — The blending and mixing property belonging to different persons, in order to divide it equally. Anciently applied to the mixing and blending of lands given to one daughter in frank marriage, with those descending to her and her sisters in fee… …   Black's law dictionary

  • hotchpot — noun Etymology: Anglo French hochepot Date: 1552 the combining of properties into a common lot to ensure equality of division among heirs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hotchpot — /hoch pot /, n. Law. the bringing together of shares or properties in order to divide them equally, esp. when they are to be divided among the children of a parent dying intestate. [1250 1300; ME hochepot < AF, lit., shake pot. See HOTCH, POT1] * …   Universalium

  • hotchpot — noun The blending together of property so as to achieve equal division, especially in the case of divorce or intestacy …   Wiktionary

  • hotchpot — hotch·pot || hÉ‘tʃpÉ‘t / hÉ’tʃpÉ’t n. combining of the various properties of a deceased person in order to evenly distribute them among the heirs (Law) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hotchpot — hotch·pot …   English syllables

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