[myoo-nuh-muh nt]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of muniment

  • 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.


    Sidney Heath

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


    Charles E. Kelsey

British Dictionary definitions for muniment



rare a means of defence

Word Origin for muniment

C15: via Old French, from Latin munīre to defend
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