Domesday Book

[doomz-dey, dohmz-]
noun
  1. 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.
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Domesday Book

Doomsday Book

noun
  1. history the record of a survey of the land of England carried out by the commissioners of William I in 1086
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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]

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