- a dwelling house with its adjacent buildings and the lands appropriated to the use of the household.
Origin of messuage
Examples from the Web for messuage
Richard Shakespere, one messuage, half a yd land (14 acres), 14/.Shakespeare's Family
Mrs. C. C. Stopes
A free tenant had a messuage and 33/4 acres, the rent of which was 3s.A Short History of English Agriculture
W. H. R. Curtler
Messuage, a dwelling-house with buildings and land attached for the use of the household.The Nuttall Encyclopaedia
Edited by Rev. James Wood
Reginald Cobham gave his messuage in London to the enlarging thereof, in the year 1344.The Survey of London
The first plot of ground obtained was a messuage of Robert de Croylands in 1336.Cambridge
Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
- property law a dwelling house together with its outbuildings, curtilage, and the adjacent land appropriated to its use
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.