from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law Documentary evidence by which one can defend a title to property or a claim to rights.
- n. Archaic A means of defense or protection.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A deed; a document that proves ownership of a property, or a right or privilege.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of supporting or defending.
- n. That which supports or defends; stronghold; place or means of defense; munition; assistance.
- n. A record; the evidences or writings whereby a man is enabled to defend the title to his estate; title deeds and papers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fortification of any kind; a stronghold; a place of defense.
- n. Support; defense.
- n. A document by which claims and rights are defended or maintained; a title-deed; a deed, charter, record, etc., especially such as belong to public bodies, or those in which national, manorial, or ecclesiastical rights and privileges are concerned.
- n. Any article preserved or treasured as of special interest or value, as jewels, relies, etc.
Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin mūnīmentum, from Latin, defense, protection, from mūnīre, to fortify; see munition.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)