Definition of soke
1 : the right in Anglo-Saxon and early English law to hold court and administer justice with the franchise to receive certain fees or fines arising from it : jurisdiction over a territory or over people
2 : the district included in a soke jurisdiction or franchise
Origin and Etymology of soke
Middle English soc, soke, from Old English soka, from Medieval Latin soca, from Old English sōcn inquiry, jurisdiction; akin to Old English sēcan to seek
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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