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[myoo-nuh-muh nt] /ˈmyu nə mənt/
muniments, Law. a document, as a title deed or a charter, by which rights or privileges are defended or maintained.
Archaic. a defense or protection.
Origin of muniment
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin mūnīmentum document (e.g., title, deed) for use in defense against a claimant, Latin: defense, protection, orig., fortification, equivalent to mūnī(re) to fortify + -mentum -ment Unabridged
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  • It is there my father found all these fine poems, you know, up in the muniment room.'

    Bristol Bells Emma Marshall
  • The economist goes to their muniment rooms for the record of domestic management and expenditure during those ages.

    Oxford and Her Colleges Goldwin Smith
  • There is another copy of the present document, but fragmentary and decayed, in the muniment room of Canterbury Cathedral.

  • Over it was formerly the muniment room, but in 1870 the archives were removed to the Chapter House for greater safety.

    Exeter Sidney Heath
  • Several charters of this kind may be seen in the muniment room of the Chester Town Hall.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • The chapel and muniment room above should be inspected, but admission cannot now be obtained to the hall.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • Ever since I fetched it, a year or two ago, with other deeds from the muniment room of Yatton Hall.

  • The room over the gate was used as a muniment room; in S. Johns the chamber in the tower serves this purpose.

    Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • Last, but far most striking of all the haunts of Chatterton, is that muniment room over the north porch.

  • The muniment Room, which is approached from the south choir transept, is part of a two-storied building, octagonal in plan.

British Dictionary definitions for muniment


(rare) a means of defence
Word Origin
C15: via Old French, from Latin munīre to defend
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