from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In early English law, the right of local jurisdiction, generally one of the feudal rights of lordship.
- n. The district over which soke jurisdiction was exercised.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several medieval rights, either to hold a court, or to receive fines.
- n. A district under a particular jusridiction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See soc.
- n. One of the small territorial divisions into which Lincolnshire, England, is divided.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The power or privilege of holding a court in a district, as in a manor; jurisdiction of causes; also, the limits of such jurisdiction.
- n. The liberty or privilege of tenants excused from customary burdens.
- n. Same as soken
- n. Same as soken, 2.
- An old spelling of soak, suck.
Middle English, from Medieval Latin sōca, from Old English sōcn, act of seeking; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English soke, from Medieval Latin (Anglo-Latin) sōca "right of jurisdiction", from Old English sōcn ("jurisdiction, prosecution", literally "act of seeking"), from Proto-Germanic *sōknō (“seeking, inquiry”), from Proto-Indo-European *sāg(')- (“to track”). Cognates: see English soken. More at sake, seek. (Wiktionary)