mes·​suage | \ ˈmes-wij How to pronounce messuage (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web In 1536, when Henry VIII began dissolving the Catholic monasteries, Vaughan was given twelve messuages—houses with lands and adjacent buildings. Jamie Quatro, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of messuage

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for messuage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin messuagium

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“Messuage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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mes·​suage | \ ˈmes-wij How to pronounce messuage (audio) \

Legal Definition of messuage

: a dwelling house with the adjacent buildings and curtilage and other adjoining lands used in connection with the household

History and Etymology for messuage

Anglo-French, probably alteration of Old French mesnage dwelling house, ultimately from Latin mansion- mansio habitation, dwelling, from manēre to remain, sojourn, dwell


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