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(Law) property law a dwelling house together with its outbuildings, curtilage, and the adjacent land appropriated to its use
[C14: from Norman French: household, perhaps through misspelling of Old French mesnage ménage]


(ˈmɛs wɪdʒ)

Law. a dwelling with its adjacent buildings and lands.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, misreading (n taken as u) of Old French mesnage ménage]
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Noun1.messuage - (law) a dwelling house and its adjacent buildings and the adjacent land used by the householdmessuage - (law) a dwelling house and its adjacent buildings and the adjacent land used by the household
dwelling, dwelling house, habitation, home, abode, domicile - housing that someone is living in; "he built a modest dwelling near the pond"; "they raise money to provide homes for the homeless"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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The 'squire'--a term widely synonymous with the fool character--of the Brightwalton morris was Robert Brown, a yeoman farmer who, a poll book of 1768 tells us, was a freeholder with his own land and messuage.
According to the book Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families by Francis Jones, Gurrey Manor's original name was Glan y Gyrre, and was described in deeds as 'the capital messuage called Glan y Gyrre'.
High House in Old Warwick Road, Rowington, Warwickshire, was described in 1743 as "a messuage built by Richard Bethem Esq", messuage being an ancient term for a dwelling house together with its outbuildings, curtilage and adjacent land.
56) George Henshawe had married Dorothy Villers, daughter of a gentry family, and Robert's arrangements of his copyhold lands in the early seventeenth century were concerned partly with appropriate provision for her: a cottage and garden in Fishpool Head, a messuage and virgate, three cottages in Churchgate, and a messuage or tenement in Baxtergate with the appurtenant bovate of land.
The jointure deed of February 11, 1568, was to be enforced "without the lawful lett impediment or deniall of the said Robarte Laystone his heires or assignes," meaning that Alice was to "have houlde and enioye All that messuage called the crosse keyes .
Harris's first appearance in the Dulwich papers occurs in 1595 when he witnessed the bargain and sale of a share in a jointly held messuage, from John Alleyn (Edward's brother) to Edward.
Agricultural productivity became part of the agenda for national prosperity, and it came to include the idea of both large farm and small plot: "Adaptable to the broad market represented by suburban prosperity, the ideal of the messuage permitted a modern notion of private ownership, Lockean in cast, with a national memory of the cottage and its enclosed plot, and a convenient biblical precedent.
Many of the spurious words owe their existence to typographical errors or other mistakes: "One such is messuage, a legal term used to describe a house, its land, and buildings.