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sokeman

[sohk-muh n]
noun, plural soke·men.
  1. a tenant holding land in socage.
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Also socman.

Origin of sokeman

1250–1300; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin sokemannus < Old English sōcn soke + man man1
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Examples from the Web for sokeman

Historical Examples of sokeman

  • And yet to all seeming the sokeman is essentially a villager.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • The writ draws a marked line between the villein and the sokeman.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland


British Dictionary definitions for sokeman

sokeman

noun plural -men
  1. (in the Danelaw) a freeman enjoying extensive rights, esp over his land
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