|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 |
in English feudal law, that portion of a manor not granted to freehold tenants but either retained by the lord for his own use and occupation or occupied by his villeins or leasehold tenants. When villein tenure developed into the more secure copyhold and leaseholders became protected against premature eviction, the "lord's demesne" came to be restricted and usually denoted the lord's house and the park and surrounding lands
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