- the privilege of holding court, usually connected with the feudal rights of lordship.
- a district over which local jurisdiction was exercised.
Origin of soke
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Examples from the Web for soke
The soke and ward of Aldgate was then bounded as I have before showed.The Survey of London
If so, then there may have been a time when commendation and soke were all one.
The soke in the hundred courts belongs to the king and the earl.
His predecessor had only the commendation of this, and Harold had the soke.
Over this man the Saint has sake and soke and commendation with all custom.
- the right to hold a local court
- the territory under the jurisdiction of a particular court
C14: from Medieval Latin sōca, from Old English sōcn a seeking; see seek
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Word Origin and History for soke
"right of jurisdiction," Old English socn "jurisdiction, prosecution," literally "seeking," from Proto-Germanic *sokniz, from PIE *sag-ni-, from root *sag- "to seek out" (see seek). Related: Sokeman; sokemanry.
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