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demesne


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demesne  \De*mesne"\,  n.  [OE.  demeine,  demain,  rule  demesne,  OF 
  demeine,  demaine,  demeigne  domaine,  power,  F.  domaine 
  domain,  fr  L.  dominium  property,  right  of  ownership,  fr 
  dominus  master,  proprietor,  owner.  See  {Dame},  and  cf 
  {Demain},  {Domain},  {Danger},  {Dungeon}.]  (Law) 
  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  [Written  also  {demain}.]  --Wharton's  Law  Dict. 
  Burrill 
 
  {Ancient  demesne}.  (Eng.  Law)  See  under  {Ancient}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  demesne 
  n  1:  extensive  landed  property  (especially  in  the  country) 
  retained  by  the  owner  for  his  own  use  "the  family  owned 
  a  large  estate  on  Long  Island"  [syn:  {estate},  {land},  {landed 
  estate},  {acres}] 
  2:  territory  over  which  rule  or  control  is  exercised;  "his 
  domain  extended  into  Europe";  "he  made  it  the  law  of  the 
  land"  [syn:  {domain},  {land}] 




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