Domesday Book


Domes·​day Book ˈdümz-ˌdā- How to pronounce Domesday Book (audio) ˈdōmz- How to pronounce Domesday Book (audio)
: a record of a survey of English lands and landholdings made by order of William the Conqueror about 1086

Examples of Domesday Book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dwelling even has a mention in the Domesday Book—the earliest public record of England. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 18 July 2023 Evidence suggests that the Romans planted vines north of London, and the Domesday Book of 1086 records 42 vineyards. Ben Oliver, Robb Report, 5 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from domesday doomsday

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Domesday Book was in 1591

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“Domesday Book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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