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[mes-wij] /ˈmɛs wɪdʒ/
noun, Law.
a dwelling house with its adjacent buildings and the lands appropriated to the use of the household.
Origin of messuage
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, misreading (n taken as u) of Old French mesnage ménage Unabridged
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(property law) a dwelling house together with its outbuildings, curtilage, and the adjacent land appropriated to its use
Word Origin
C14: from Norman French: household, perhaps through misspelling of Old French mesnageménage
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Word Origin and History for messuage

legal term for "dwelling," late 14c., (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French messuage, which probably is a clerical error for mesnage (see menage). Originally the portion of land set aside for a dwelling-house and outbuildings, whether occupied by them or not; later chiefly in reference to the house and buildings and the attached land.

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