Origin of messuage
Examples from the Web for messuage
On the other hand, a poor woman holds a messuage, and need do no more than carry water to the mowers.Villainage in England|Paul Vinogradoff
A few cases occur, but only a few, where a messuage is held without land.The English Village Community|Frederic Seebohm
Reginald Cobham gave his messuage in London to the enlarging thereof, in the year 1344.The Survey of London|John Stow
This is very suggestive of a law-writer's spelling of "message" (messuage and tenement).
Richard Shakespere, one messuage, half a yd land (14 acres), 14/.Shakespeare's Family|Mrs. C. C. Stopes
British Dictionary definitions for messuage
Word Origin for messuage
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.