messuage, a dwelling-house with buildings and land attached for the use of the household.
Richard Shakespere, one messuage, half a yd land (14 acres), 14/.
The following is an abstract of the services of a tenant who held a messuage and xviii.
A free tenant had a messuage and 33/4 acres, the rent of which was 3s.
On the other hand, a poor woman holds a messuage, and need do no more than carry water to the mowers.
Reginald Cobham gave his messuage in London to the enlarging thereof, in the year 1344.
This is very suggestive of a law-writer's spelling of "message" (messuage and tenement).
The first plot of ground obtained was a messuage of Robert de Croylands in 1336.
A few cases occur, but only a few, where a messuage is held without land.
The ancient great hall of this messuage is yet standing, and pertaining to a great brewhouse for beer.
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.