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mesne lord

(in old English law) an intermediate feudal lord; the tenant of a chief lord and a lord to his own tenants.
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First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
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  • And the mesne lord will often be a very great man, some prelate or baron with a widespread honour.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
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mesne lord

(in feudal society) a lord who held land from a superior lord and kept his own tenants on it
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