- 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
The soke in the hundred courts belongs to the king and the earl.
One contrasts the soke of the manor with the inland and with the berewicks.
His predecessor had only the commendation of this, and Harold had the soke.
If so, then there may have been a time when commendation and soke were all one.
- 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
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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