A liberty, privilege, or advantage, which one proprietor has in the estate of another proprietor, distinct from the ownership of the soil, as a way, water course, etc. It is a species of what the civil law calls servitude.
The right to use someone else's real estate for a specific purpose. The right to travel over another person's land is called the "right of way" and is the most common type of easement. Easements are usually granted by property owners for the placement of power lines, utility poles, utility trenches, or water lines. The owner of property that is subject to an easement is said to be "burdened" with the easement, because he or she is not allowed to interfere with its use.
An easement is a right to use someone else's land, such as a right of way.