American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law Possession and use of one's own land.
- n. Manorial land retained for the private use of a feudal lord.
- n. The grounds belonging to a mansion or country house.
- n. An extensive piece of landed property; an estate.
- n. A district; a territory.
- n. A realm; a domain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Power; dominion; possession. See demain.
- n. A manor-house and the land adjacent or near, which a lord of the manor keeps in his own occupation, for the use of his family, as distinguished from his tenemental lands, distributed among his tenants, originally called bookland or charter-land, and folk-land or estates held in villeinage, from which sprang copyhold estates. Copyhold estates, however, have been accounted demesnes, because the tenants are judged to have their estates only at the will of the lord.
- n. Any estate in land.
- n. A lord’s chief manor place, with that part of the lands belonging thereto which has not been granted out in tenancy; a house, and the land adjoining, kept for the proprietor’s own use.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) A lord's chief manor place, with that part of the lands belonging thereto which has not been granted out in tenancy; a house, and the land adjoining, kept for the proprietor's own use.
- n. territory over which rule or control is exercised
- n. extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use
- From Anglo-Norman demeyne, demene et al., Old French demeine, demaine, demeigne, domaine ("power") (whence French domaine ("domain")), a noun use of an adjective, from Latin dominicus ("belonging to a lord or master"), from dominus ("master, proprietor, owner"). See dame, and compare demain, domain. (Wiktionary)
- Anglo-French, respelling (probably influenced by French mesne, variant of Anglo-Norman meen, middle, in legal phrase mesne lord, lord who holds a manor of a superior lord) of Middle English demeine, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French demaine; see domain. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Larry Downing/Reuters Madeline P. Gallard, 13, of Victoria, British Columbia, reacted after mis-spelling her word -- "demesne" -- during competition Wednesday.”
“Wade's house is well situated on a rising ground, and the demesne is a pretty one.”
“In the demesne are the ruins of Cappacross, a stronghold of the O'Sullivans.”
“In this account of the Hawsted harvest the large number of hired men and the few customary tenants is noteworthy as a sign of the times, for before the Black Death the harvest work on the demesne was the special work of the latter.”
“The demesne is a sylvan sanctuary for the wild creatures of the air and the wood, and they congregate here almost as they did at Walton Hall in the days of that most delightful of naturalists and travellers, whose adventurous gallop on the back of a cayman was the delight of all English-reading children forty years ago, or as they do now at Gosford.”
“The happy village was gone -- razed to the very foundations -- the demesne was a solitude -- the songs of the reapers and mowers had vanished, as it were, into the recesses of memory, and the magnificent palace, dull and lonely, lay as if it were situated in some land of the dead, where human voice or footstep had not been heard for years.”
“The lord's land was called his "demesne," or domain.”
“This land held directly by the lord of the manor and cultivated for him was called the "demesne," and frequently included one-half or even a larger proportion of all the land of the vill.”
“Although it's impressive to see someone accurately use the word legal term "demesne" in a complete sentence, I'm not sure a game that is pure text is the best place for it.”
“Of the old Roman estate only a portion (differing again from parish to parish) remained absolutely under the lords control and was called his "demesne, that is" lords land ", from dominium.”
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