ancient demesne


: demesne held from ancient times
specifically : the demesne belonging to the English crown at the time of the settlement of the Norman Conquest as recorded in the Domesday Book

Word History

First Known Use

1522, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ancient demesne was in 1522

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“Ancient demesne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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