Soke meaning

sōk
In early English law, the right of local jurisdiction, generally one of the feudal rights of lordship.
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The district over which soke jurisdiction was exercised.
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The right to hold court and dispense justice within a given territory.
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The territory under the jurisdiction of a court.
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(obsolete) Any of several medieval rights, either to hold a court, or to receive fines.
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(obsolete) A district under a particular jusridiction.
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Origin of soke

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin sōca from Old English sōcn act of seeking sāg- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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.
    From Wiktionary