messuage

messuage

[mes-wij]
noun Law.
a dwelling house with its adjacent buildings and the lands appropriated to the use of the household.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, misreading (n taken as u) of Old French mesnage ménage

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messuage (ˈmɛswɪdʒ)
 
n
property law a dwelling house together with its outbuildings, curtilage, and the adjacent land appropriated to its use
 
[C14: from Norman French: household, perhaps through misspelling of Old French mesnageménage]

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messuage
legal term for "dwelling," late 14c., from Anglo-L. (late 13c.), from Anglo-Fr. messuage, which probably is a clerical error for mesnage (see menage). Originally the portion of land set aside for a dwelling-house and outbuildings, whether occupied by them or not; later chiefly
in ref. to the house and buildings and the attached land.
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