mesnalty

noun
mes·​nal·​ty | \ ˈmēnᵊltē \
variants: or less commonly mesnality \ mēˈnalətē \
plural -es

Definition of mesnalty

: the estate or condition of a mesne lord

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History and Etymology for mesnalty

mesnalty probably from Anglo-French mesnalté (attested as mesnatty, mesnattie), from mesne, noun + -alté as in comunalté commonalty; mesnality, alteration (influenced by -ity) of mesnalty

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“Mesnalty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mesnalty. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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