- Law possession (of real estate) in one's own right
- Historical the land or estate belonging to a lord and not rented or let but kept in his hands
- the land around a mansion; lands of an estate
- a region or domain: also used fig.
Origin of demesneMiddle English and Old French demeine from Classical Latin dominium (see domain); spelling, spelled altered by associated, association with Old French mesnee, household from Classical Latin mansio: see mansion
- Law Possession and use of one's own land.
- Manorial land retained for the private use of a feudal lord.
- The grounds belonging to a mansion or country house.
- An extensive piece of landed property; an estate.
- A district; a territory.
- A realm; a domain.
Origin of demesneAnglo-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 .
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.