Definition of deed poll noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


deed poll

BrE BrE//ˈdiːd pəʊl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːd poʊl//
[uncountable, singular] (British English)
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a legal document signed by only one person, especially in order to change their name Smith changed his name by deed poll to Jervis-Smith. Word Originlate 16th cent.: so named because the parchment was “polled” or cut cleanly, not indented at the edges as in the case of a deed made by two parties.