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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]
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(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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Of all situations for a constant residence, that which appears to me most delightful is a little village far in the country; a small neighbourhood, not of fine mansions finely peopled, but of cottages and cottage-like houses, "messuages or tenements," as a friend of mine calls such ignoble and non-descript dwellings, with inhabitants whose faces are as familiar to us as the flowers in our garden; a little world of our own, close-packed and insulated like ants in an ant-hill, or bees in a hive, or sheep in a fold, or nuns in a convent, or sailors in a ship; where we know every one, are known to every one, interested in every one, and authorized to hope that every one feels an interest in us.
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 heredita-mentes 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.
When he was interred in 1611, the register remarked that he was "a very ould man." 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.