[ mes-wij ]
/ ˈmɛs wɪdʒ /

noun Law.

a dwelling house with its adjacent buildings and the lands appropriated to the use of the household.

Nearby words

  1. messman,
  2. messmate,
  3. messroom,
  4. messrs,
  5. messrs.,
  6. messy,
  7. mestee,
  8. mester,
  9. mestiza,
  10. mestizo

Origin of messuage

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, misreading (n taken as u) of Old French mesnage ménage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for messuage


/ (ˈmɛswɪdʒ) /


property law a dwelling house together with its outbuildings, curtilage, and the adjacent land appropriated to its use

Word Origin for messuage

C14: from Norman French: household, perhaps through misspelling of Old French mesnage ménage

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Word Origin and History for messuage



legal term for "dwelling," late 14c., (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French messuage, which probably is a clerical error for mesnage (see menage). Originally the portion of land set aside for a dwelling-house and outbuildings, whether occupied by them or not; later chiefly in reference to the house and buildings and the attached land.

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