[ sohk ]
/ soʊk /

noun Early English Law.

the privilege of holding court, usually connected with the feudal rights of lordship.
a district over which local jurisdiction was exercised.

Origin of soke

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-Latin soca < Old English sōcn attack, right of prosecution, jurisdiction (see soken); akin to sake1, seek Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for soke

/ (səʊk) /

noun English legal history

the right to hold a local court
the territory under the jurisdiction of a particular court

Word Origin for soke

C14: from Medieval Latin sōca, from Old English sōcn a seeking; see seek
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