- 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.
Origin of demesne
Examples from the Web for demesnes
She had no Relation to manage her Demesnes, and could hardly be said to be possessed of any thing.The True Life of Betty Ireland
Fosters of the fe, i. 175, foresters of the king's demesnes.
There was an appearance of respectability and opulence about all the demesnes.The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings
Harriet Beecher Stowe
And when he saw that, he let chase her out of this land, and betook it me, and all this land in my demesnes.Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)
A tallage on royal towns and demesnes, nevertheless, was set without authority of parliament four years afterwards.
- 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
Word Origin and History for demesnes
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.