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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"
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The existence of an indenture dated 30 June 1609 also indicates Beaumont's financial travails: 'ffrauncis Beaumont of the Inner Temple london, gentleman' agreed to sell to James Riche 'All and singuler the messuages landes tenements and hereditamentes whatsoever in Osgathorpe and Swannington or any of them in the County of Leicester Shere of or wherein the said ffrauncis Beaumont hath any estate of inheritaunce in fee simple or fee taile in possession reversion or remainder' for 'the some of ten shillinges of good and lawfull money of England'.
John Colleshull, John Goldsmyth, and William atte Slowe were allowed to assign to the proposed Gild 18 messuages (houses), three tofts (plots at the back of buildings), six acres of land, and 40 shillings of rents, in Birmingham and Edgbaston.
From at least 1592, he had taken the lease from the feoffees of the three messuages in Churchgate--formerly the Great Hall--and a cottage in Baxtergate.
I doe give and bequeath all my messuages, landes, tenementes and hereditamentes whatsoever together with all my juells, plate, money, gould, silver, leases and all the rest and residue of my goodes, cattells, chattells, implementes of howshould and howshould stuffe.
However, that house, which was now subdivided into four messuages, ended up with William Horne in any case; Henry sold three of the messuages to Home shortly after Alice's death, while keeping one for himself, perhaps to live in.
This included "two messuages (a home, its outbuildings and connected land) or dwelling houses built by William Mead.