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

  • An old spelling of soak, suck.
  • 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.


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)



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