- 1A piece of land attached to a manor and retained by the owner for their own use: because labour was cheap, there were ample advantages in cultivating the demesneMore example sentences
- Where the lord of the manor had a demesne farm, the court appointed a reeve to supervise the farming activities, using labour services and collecting rents.
- The demesne was cultivated directly under the supervision of the landlord or his agents, by the tenants, who owed labour-service as part of their rent.
- In English Ireland they were associated with the reorganization of the land into manors with demesne land and dependent tenants, based to some extent on English models.
- 1.1The lands of an estate: a levy of one tenth on property in the royal demesneMore example sentences
- The society has had a considerable input into the various road plans and bypasses where they affect historic properties or important demesnes.
- The amiable and insolvent owner of the 300-acre estate died after being ambushed near his demesne.
- All kings drew resources from demesne estates and received regular food-rents, services, and payments in money or kind.
- 2 [mass noun] Law Possession of real property in one’s own right.More example sentences
- Foreigners are deprived of the first one - the right of demesne, which points who is the owner of any property, and is the basic and most important property right.
held in demesne
- (Of an estate) occupied by the owner, not by tenants.More example sentences
- In terms of tenancy, nine estates were held in demesne (that is, were worked by the tenant-in-chief) and nine had a single sub-tenant.
- Efficiency was influenced by whether an estate was held in demesne by the tenant-in-chief (estates being held in demesne tended to be more efficient) and who the tenant-in-chief was.
Middle English: from Old French demeine (later Anglo-Norman French demesne) 'belonging to a lord', from Latin dominicus, from dominus 'lord, master'. Compare with domain.
More definitions of demesneDefinition of demesne in:
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