- 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 muniments
Consider what an investment accompanies these muniments of title.A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed.
William Chauncey Bartlett
The old apology, therefore, of muniments lost or destroyed, will no longer serve the Scottish historian.The Archaeology and Prehistoric Annals of Scotland
Muniments (L. munio, fortify) are records that enable one to defend his title.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
Pierre tells what Calcutta banks are custodians of papers, shares of stock, other muniments of title and moneys.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
Even the attic rooms and muniments—but seldom used—are well and fully furnished.The House of the Lord
James E. Talmage
- law the title deeds and other documentary evidence relating to the title to land
- archaic furnishings or supplies
- rare a means of defence
C15: via Old French, from Latin munīre to defend