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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.
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Origin of socage

1275–1325; Middle English sokage < Anglo-French socage, equivalent to soc soke + -age -age
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Historical Examples of socage

  • New conditions of holding superior to that of "socage" were introduced.

    The Danes in Lancashire and Yorkshire

    S. W. Partington

  • A third part he divided among husbandmen, to hold of him in socage.

  • But did any hold of the king in socage, except on his demesne lands?

  • It speaks of three species of socage—free, ancient demesne, and base.

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff

  • It is a stepping-stone from villainage to socage, or rather to socman's tenure.

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff

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
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Derived Formssocager, noun

Word Origin for socage

C14: from Anglo-French, from soc soke
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