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muniment

[myoo-nuh-muh nt]
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noun
  1. muniments, Law. a document, as a title deed or a charter, by which rights or privileges are defended or maintained.
  2. Archaic. a defense or protection.
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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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Historical Examples

  • It is there my father found all these fine poems, you know, up in the muniment room.'

    Bristol Bells

    Emma Marshall

  • The economist goes to their muniment rooms for the record of domestic management and expenditure during those ages.

  • 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

    Sidney Heath

  • Several charters of this kind may be seen in the muniment room of the Chester Town Hall.

    Cheshire

    Charles E. Kelsey


British Dictionary definitions for muniment

muniment

noun
  1. rare a means of defence
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Word Origin

C15: via Old French, from Latin munīre to defend
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