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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.]


(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]


(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]
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"


[dɪˈmeɪn] N (Jur) → heredad f; [of manor, country house] → tierras fpl solariegas


nGrundbesitz m; to hold something in demesneetw in Besitz haben
References in classic literature ?
Each principal vassal was a kind of sovereign, within his particular demesnes.
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.
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.
Or have the Trojans been allotting you a demesne of passing richness, fair with orchard lawns and corn lands, if you should slay me?