- the right to hold court and dispense justice within a given territory
- the territory under the jurisdiction of a court
Origin of sokeMiddle English from Medieval Latin soca from Old English socn, jurisdiction, prosecution from base of secan ( from an unverified form sokjan), to seek
- In early English law, the right of local jurisdiction, generally one of the feudal rights of lordship.
- The district over which soke jurisdiction was exercised.
Origin of sokeMiddle English from Medieval Latin sōca from Old English sōcn act of seeking ; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English soke, from Medieval Latin (Anglo-Latin) sÅca "right of jurisdiction", from Old English sÅcn (“jurisdiction, prosecution", literally “act of seeking"), from Proto-Germanic *sÅknÅ (“seeking, inquiry"), from Proto-Indo-European *sÄg(')- (“to track"). Cognates: see English soken. More at sake, seek.