Demesne meaning

dĭ-mān, -mēn
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Possession and use of one's own land.
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Manorial land retained for the private use of a feudal lord.
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The grounds belonging to a mansion or country house.
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A lord’s chief manor place, with that part of the lands belonging thereto which has not been granted out in tenancy; a house, and the land adjoining, kept for the proprietor’s own use.
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Possession (of real estate) in one's own right.
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The land or estate belonging to a lord and not rented or let but kept in his hands.
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The land around a mansion; lands of an estate.
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A region or domain.
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An extensive piece of landed property; an estate.
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A district; a territory.
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A realm; a domain.
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A region or area; a domain.
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Origin of demesne

  • Anglo-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 domain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary