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socman

[sok-muh n, sohk-] /ˈsɒk mən, ˈsoʊk-/
noun, plural socmen.
1.
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  • It is a stepping-stone from villainage to socage, or rather to socman's tenure.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • "The socman of Minstead hath earned an evil name over the country side," he said.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I, the socman, am shorn of my lands that you may snivel Latin and eat bread for which you never did hand's turn.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In the status of the socman, developed from the law of Saxon free-men, there was usually nothing of the kind.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • It is chiefly important because it discloses a traditional element in the formation of the socman's tenure.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • Further, we see that the socman's tenure is distinguished from free tenure, socmen from freeholders.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • Was John de Boneya a socman bound to attend personally, or a hundredor, a hereditary representative of the village of Stocke?

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • The same traditional element appears in other cases in which the special position of the socman is not concerned.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
British Dictionary definitions for socman

socman

/ˈsɒkmən; ˈsəʊk-/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(English history) a tenant holding land by socage
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-Latin socmannus; see soke
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