[ dih-meyn, -meen ]
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  1. possession of land as one's own: land held in demesne.

  2. an estate or part of an estate occupied and controlled by, and worked for the exclusive use of, the owner.

  1. land belonging to and adjoining a manor house; estate.

  2. the dominion or territory of a sovereign or state; domain.

  3. a district; region.

Origin of demesne

1250–1300; Middle English demeine<Anglo-French demesne,Old French demein;see domain

Other words from demesne

  • de·mesn·i·al, adjective

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How to use demesne in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for demesne


/ (dɪˈmeɪn, -ˈmiːn) /

  1. land, esp surrounding a house or manor, retained by the owner for his own use

  2. property law the possession and use of one's own property or land

  1. the territory ruled by a state or a sovereign; realm; domain

  2. a region or district; domain

Origin of demesne

C14: from Old French demeine; see domain

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