premises

noun plural
prem·​is·​es | \ ˈpre-mə-səz\

Legal Definition of premises

1 : matters previously stated: as
a : the preliminary part of a deed that includes a description of the real estate and that precedes the habendum
b : the preliminary part of a bill in equity that states the facts, names the wrongs, and identifies the defendants
2 : a tract of land with its component parts (as buildings) also : a building or part of a building usually with its appurtenances (as grounds or easements)

Learn More about premises

More from Merriam-Webster on premises

Nglish: Translation of premises for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of premises for Arabic Speakers

Comments on premises

What made you want to look up premises? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a complex dispute or argument

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!