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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The written record of a census and survey of English landowners and their property made by order of William the Conqueror in 1085-1086.

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  • proper n. A record of the great survey of England carried out in 1086 for William the Conqueror.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the ancient record of the survey of most of the lands of England, made by order of William the Conqueror, about 1086. It consists of two volumes, a large folio and a quarto, and gives the proprietors' tenures, arable land, woodland, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. record of a British census and land survey in 1085-1086 ordered by William the Conqueror

Etymologies

From Middle English domesday, doomsday; see doomsday.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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