soke

soke

[sohk]
noun Early English Law.
1.
the privilege of holding court, usually connected with the feudal rights of lordship.
2.
a district over which local jurisdiction was exercised.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-Latin soca < Old English sōcn attack, right of prosecution, jurisdiction (see soken); akin to sake1, seek

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soke (səʊk)
 
n
1.  the right to hold a local court
2.  the territory under the jurisdiction of a particular court
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin sōca, from Old English sōcn a seeking; see seek]

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soke
"right of jurisdiction," O.E. socn "jurisdiction, prosecution," related to sacan "to quarrel," secan "to seek" (see seek).
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