possession of land as one's own: land held in demesne.
an estate or part of an estate occupied and controlled by, and worked for the exclusive use of, the owner.
land belonging to and adjoining a manor house; estate.
the dominion or territory of a sovereign or state; domain.
a district; region.
- de·mesn·i·al, adjective
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How to use demesne in a sentence
Then when all these things were accomplished did Hakon quit Denmark & thence fared forth to the north of Norway, to his demesne.The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade) | Snorri Sturluson
Presumably their chief duty was to undertake a share in the cultivation of the demesne land.
The Board received an offer of £11,000 for the mansion, demesne and sporting rights over the estate.Is Ulster Right? | Anonymous
That is the royal demesne, and no stranger intrudes unpunished.Fifty-Two Stories For Girls | Various
The musician was a young man, in a boat, which he had moored beneath the trees of their demesne.Night and Morning, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for demesne
land, esp surrounding a house or manor, retained by the owner for his own use
property law the possession and use of one's own property or land
the territory ruled by a state or a sovereign; realm; domain
a region or district; domain
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