Origin of demesne
Examples from the Web for demesnes
Most monastic houses had fishing rights attached to their demesnes, or kept their own fish-pond or stew.Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535|Eileen Edna Power
He collects in paternal fashion the revenues of his Grand Ducal demesnes, and no power has any right to ask any questions.German Problems and Personalities|Charles Sarolea
Fosters of the fe, i. 175, foresters of the king's demesnes.
In principle, too, certainty of condition was admitted as to the privileged villains on the king's demesnes.Villainage in England|Paul Vinogradoff
May a rich man put out his tenants, to lay their tenements to his own demesnes, and so lay house to house, and land to land?A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)|Richard Baxter
Word Origin for demesne
c.1300, demeyne (modern spelling by late 15c.), from Anglo-French demesne, demeine, Old French demaine "land held for a lord's own use," from Latin dominicus "belonging to a master," from dominus "lord." Re-spelled by Anglo-French legal scribes under influence of Old French mesnie "household" (and the concept of a demesne as "land attached to a mansion") and their fondness for inserting -s- before -n-. Essentially the same word as domain.