from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
- n. Any estate in land.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
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)