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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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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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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|Noun||1.||demesne - 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
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
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)
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
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
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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