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demesne

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noun de·mesne \di-ˈmān, -ˈmēn\

Definition of demesne

  1. 1 :  legal possession of land as one's own

  2. 2 :  manorial land actually possessed by the lord and not held by tenants

  3. 3 a :  the land attached to a mansion b :  landed property :  estate c :  region 2, territory

  4. 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


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