de mesne


[dih-meyn, -meen]
possession of land as one's own: land held in demesne.
an estate or part of an estate occupied and controlled by, and worked for the exclusive use of, the owner.
land belonging to and adjoining a manor house; estate.
the dominion or territory of a sovereign or state; domain.
a district; region.

1250–1300; Middle English demeine < Anglo-French demesne, Old French demein; see domain

demesnial, adjective Unabridged
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demesne (dɪˈmeɪn, -ˈmiːn)
1.  land, esp surrounding a house or manor, retained by the owner for his own use
2.  property law the possession and use of one's own property or land
3.  the territory ruled by a state or a sovereign; realm; domain
4.  a region or district; domain
[C14: from Old French demeine; see domain]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. demeine, from L. dominicus "belonging to a master," from dominus "lord." Re-spelled by Anglo-Fr. legal scribes under infl. of O.Fr. mesnie "household" (and the concept of a demesne as "land attached to a mansion") and their fondness for inserting -s- before -n-. Essentially the
same word as domain.
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