or soc·cage

noun Medieval English Law.
  1. a tenure of land held by the tenant in performance of specified services or by payment of rent, and not requiring military service.

Origin of socage

1275–1325; Middle English sokage < Anglo-French socage, equivalent to soc soke + -age -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for socage


  1. English legal history the tenure of land by certain services, esp of an agricultural nature
  2. English law the freehold tenure of land
Derived Formssocager, noun

Word Origin for socage

C14: from Anglo-French, from soc soke
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