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 (dĭ-mān′, -mēn′)
1. Law Possession and use of one's own land.
2. Manorial land retained for the private use of a feudal lord.
3. The grounds belonging to a mansion or country house.
4. An extensive piece of landed property; an estate.
5. A district; a territory.
6. A realm; a domain.

[Anglo-French, respelling (probably influenced by French mesne, variant of Anglo-Norman meen, middle, in legal phrase mesne lord, lord who holds a manor of a superior lord) of Middle English demeine, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French demaine; see domain.]
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(dɪˈmeɪn; -ˈmiːn)
1. (Law) land, esp surrounding a house or manor, retained by the owner for his or her own use
2. (Law) property law the possession and use of one's own property or land
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the territory ruled by a state or a sovereign; realm; domain
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a region or district; domain
[C14: from Old French demeine; see domain]
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(dɪˈmeɪn, -ˈmin)

1. possession of land as one's own.
2. an estate occupied by and worked exclusively for the owner.
3. the dominion or territory of a sovereign or state; domain.
4. a district; region.
[1250–1300; < Anglo-French demesne, Old French demein; see domain]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demesne - extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own usedemesne - extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use; "the family owned a large estate on Long Island"
freehold - an estate held in fee simple or for life
immovable, real estate, real property, realty - property consisting of houses and land
glebe - plot of land belonging to an English parish church or an ecclesiastical office
leasehold - land or property held under a lease
smallholding - a piece of land under 50 acres that is sold or let to someone for cultivation
homestead - land acquired from the United States public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating it under the homestead law
feoff, fief - a piece of land held under the feudal system
barony - the estate of a baron
countryseat - an estate in the country
Crown land - land that belongs to the Crown
manor - the landed estate of a lord (including the house on it)
seigneury, seigniory, signory - the estate of a seigneur
hacienda - a large estate in Spanish-speaking countries
plantation - an estate where cash crops are grown on a large scale (especially in tropical areas)
entail - land received by fee tail
2.demesne - territory over which rule or control is exercised; "his domain extended into Europe"; "he made it the law of the land"
country, land, state - the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries"
archduchy - the domain controlled by an archduke or archduchess
barony - the domain of a baron
duchy, dukedom - the domain controlled by a duke or duchess
earldom - the domain controlled by an earl or count or countess
emirate - the domain controlled by an emir
empire, imperium - the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
fiefdom - the domain controlled by a feudal lord
grand duchy - the domain controlled by a grand duke or grand duchess
viscounty - the domain controlled by a viscount or viscountess
khanate - the realm of a khan
realm, kingdom - the domain ruled by a king or queen
principality, princedom - territory ruled by a prince
sheikdom, sheikhdom - the domain ruled by a sheik
suzerainty - the domain of a suzerain
region - a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth; "penguins inhabit the polar regions"
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[dɪˈmeɪn] N (Jur) → heredad f; [of manor, country house] → tierras fpl solariegas
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nGrundbesitz m; to hold something in demesneetw in Besitz haben
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Each principal vassal was a kind of sovereign, within his particular demesnes. The consequences of this situation were a continual opposition to authority of the sovereign, and frequent wars between the great barons or chief feudatories themselves.
The houses, though scarcely half a mile apart, were not within sight of each other; but, by walking fifty yards from the hall door, she could look down the park, and command a view of the Parsonage and all its demesnes, gently rising beyond the village road; and in Dr.
A small green court was the whole of its demesne in front; and a neat wicket gate admitted them into it.
"But you have not seen it yet," said she, rising; "come to the window and take a better view." I followed her; she opened the sash, and leaning out I saw in full the enclosed demesne which had hitherto been to me an unknown region.
As for you, Chettam, you are spending a fortune on those oak fences round your demesne."
In all the rural district near about, and even in the town of Marshall, a mile away, not one person of unbiased mind entertains a doubt of it; incredulity is confined to those opinionated persons who will be called "cranks" as soon as the useful word shall have penetrated the intellectual demesne of the Marshall Advance.