[ mes-wij ]
/ ˈmɛs wɪdʒ /

noun Law.

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

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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