- es•cheat[[t]ɛsˈtʃit[/t]] Law.1) law the reverting of property to the state or, as in England, to the crown when there are no legal heirs2) law the right to take property subject to escheat3) law (of property) to revert by escheat4) law to take or confiscate by escheat•Etymology: 1250–1300; ME eschete < OF eschete, escheoite, fem. ptp. of escheoir < VL *excadēre to fall to a person's share = L ex- I+cadere to fall (VL *cadēre) es•cheat′a•ble, adj. es•cheat′or, n.
From formal English to slang. 2014.