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

Example Sentences

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of messuage was in the 14th century

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“Messuage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Legal Definition


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