Definition of demesne in English:
1Land attached to a manor and retained for the owner’s own use.
- 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.
- 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.
held in demesne
- (Of an estate) occupied by the owner, not by tenants.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.
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