variants or less commonly mesnality
plural -es
: the estate or condition of a mesne lord

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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