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demesne

noun de·mesne \di-ˈmān, -ˈmēn\

Definition of DEMESNE

1
:  legal possession of land as one's own
2
:  manorial land actually possessed by the lord and not held by tenants
3
a :  the land attached to a mansion
b :  landed property :  estate
c :  region 2, territory
4
:  realm 2, domain

Examples of DEMESNE

  1. <the vast and frozen demesne of the northern tundra>
  2. <the view that the issue is not in the demesne of the courts and is something that should be decided by the state legislature>

Origin of DEMESNE

Middle English, from Anglo-French demesne, demeine — more at domain
First Known Use: 14th century

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin

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