mu·​ni·​ment ˈmyü-nə-mənt How to pronounce muniment (audio)
: the evidence (such as documents) that enables one to defend the title to an estate or a claim to rights and privileges
usually used in plural
archaic : a means of defense

Examples of muniment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common shortcuts are muniment of title, small estate proceeding and family settlement. Virginia Hammerle, Dallas News, 2 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin munimentum, from Latin, defense, safeguard, from munire to fortify

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of muniment was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Muniment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition


mu·​ni·​ment ˈmyü-nə-mənt How to pronounce muniment (audio)
: a record (as a deed, statutory grant, or judgment) that passes title to real property and enables a person to defend the title or otherwise maintain a claim to real rights or privileges
muniment of title
often used in pl.
the muniments of which the chain of record title is formedConnecticut General Statutes

Anglo-French, from Middle French, defense, from Latin munimentum, from munire to fortify

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