- a record of a survey of the lands of England made by order of William the Conqueror about 1086, giving ownership, extent, value, etc., of the properties.
Examples from the Web for domesday book
In Domesday-book a few particulars are set down relating to the internal and foreign trade of England.
The family was of some consequence, and is mentioned even in Domesday-book as holding lands in the county.
The cities appear by domesday-book to have been, at the conquest little better than villages.
These for the most part are recorded in Domesday-book, though now in general grown obsolete.
He laid all waste with fire and sword for many a mile, as Domesday-book testifies to this day.Hereward, The Last of the English
- history the record of a survey of the land of England carried out by the commissioners of William I in 1086
Word Origin and History for domesday book
1178, popular name of Great Inquisition or Survey (1086), William the Conqueror's inventory of his new domain, from Middle English domes, genitive of dom "day of judgment" (see doom). "The booke ... to be called Domesday, bicause (as Mathew Parise saith) it spared no man, but iudged all men indifferently." [William Lambarde, "A Perambulation of Kent," 1570]