- muniments, Law. a document, as a title deed or a charter, by which rights or privileges are defended or maintained.
- Archaic. a defense or protection.
Origin of muniment
1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin mūnīmentum document (e.g., title, deed) for use in defense against a claimant, Latin: defense, protection, orig., fortification, equivalent to mūnī(re) to fortify + -mentum -ment
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Examples from the Web for muniment
It is there my father found all these fine poems, you know, up in the muniment room.'Bristol Bells
The economist goes to their muniment rooms for the record of domestic management and expenditure during those ages.Oxford and Her Colleges
There is another copy of the present document, but fragmentary and decayed, in the muniment room of Canterbury Cathedral.
Over it was formerly the muniment room, but in 1870 the archives were removed to the Chapter House for greater safety.Exeter
Several charters of this kind may be seen in the muniment room of the Chester Town Hall.Cheshire
Charles E. Kelsey
- rare a means of defence
C15: via Old French, from Latin munīre to defend