Definition of Demesne

1. Noun. Extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use. "The family owned a large estate on Long Island"




2. Noun. Territory over which rule or control is exercised. "He made it the law of the land"

Definition of Demesne

1. n. A lord's chief manor place, with that part of the lands belonging thereto which has not been granted out in tenancy; a house, and the land adjoining, kept for the proprietor's own use.

Definition of Demesne

1. Noun. A lord’s chief manor place, with that part of the lands belonging thereto which has not been granted out in tenancy; a house, and the land adjoining, kept for the proprietor’s own use. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Demesne

1. the legal possession of land as one's own [n -S]

Medical Definition of Demesne

1. A lord's chief manor place, with that part of the lands belonging thereto which has not been granted out in tenancy; a house, and the land adjoining, kept for the proprietor's own use. Alternative forms: demain] Ancient demesne. See Ancient. Origin: OE. Demeine, demain, rule, demesne, OF. Demeine, demaine, demeigne, domaine, power, F. Domaine domain, fr. L. Dominium property, right of ownership, fr. Dominus master, proprietor, owner. See Dame, and cf. DEmain, Domain, Danger, Dungeon. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Demesne

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demesne (current term)
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Literary usage of Demesne

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1. A New Abridgment of the Law by Matthew Bacon (1832)
"In replevin ancient demesne is a good plea, because by intend- count against ... Abr. 322. ancient demesne is no plea; for this is at the suit of the king, ..."

2. An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England by Edward Potts Cheyney (1907)
"The Abandonment of demesne Farming. — A still more important change than the commutation of services was in progress during the fourteenth and fifteenth ..."

3. A Practical and Elementary Abridgment of the Cases Argued and Determined in by Charles Petersdorff, Elisha Hammond (1829)
"615. THE CITY OF LONDON v. WOOD, HT I700, К. В. 12 Mod. 683. Per Holt, CJ A court of ancient demesne is no more a court of record Courts ef than a court ..."

4. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"10. s demesne and dominion.—The distinction here made is more accurate than that upon page 105, where the king's dominium is opposed to the subject's ..."

5. Britton: An English Translation and Notes by Francis Morgan Nichols (1901)
"Whereas it is said in the writ, 'in his demesne,' the tenant may aid himself by ... For in demesne may be held lands and rents, in fee and for term of life. ..."

6. The Agrarian Problem in the Sixteenth Century by Richard Henry Tawney (1912)
"demesne 12. demesne 13. demesne These furlongs, though the predominance of demesne land in them makes them not quite typical, illustrate sufficiently the ..."

7. Economic Development of Modern Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg (1917)
"i Abandonment of demesne Farming. A second important factor in the break-up of the manorial system was a series of changes which took place in the internal ..."

8. The Enclosures in England: An Economic Reconstruction by Harriett Bradley (1918)
"demesne. 9. Will Lee, freeholder. 10. Glebe. 10. Will Cell, copyholder. ... demesne. If, as was probably the case, the product from these demesne strips was ..."

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