Domesday Book

Domesday Book

[doomz-dey, dohmz-]
noun
a record of a survey of the lands of England made by order of William the Conqueror about 1086, giving ownership, extent, value, etc., of the properties.
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Domesday Book or Doomsday Book
 
n
history the record of a survey of the land of England carried out by the commissioners of William I in 1086
 
Doomsday Book or Doomsday Book
 
n

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Domesday book
1178, popular name of Great Inquisition or Survey (1086), William the Conqueror's inventory of his new domain, from M.E. domes, gen. of dom "day of judgment" (see doom). "The booke ... to be called Domesday, bicause (as Mathew Parise saith) it spared no man, but iudged all
men indifferently." [Lambarde]
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