From Middle English soke, from Medieval Latin (Anglo-Latin) sōca "right of jurisdiction", from Old English sōcn (“jurisdiction, prosecution”, literally “act of seeking”), from Proto-Germanic *sōknō (“seeking, inquiry”), from Proto-Indo-European *sāg(')- (“to track”). Cognates: see English soken. More at sake, seek.
soke (plural sokes)
- (obsolete) Any of several medieval rights, either to hold a court, or to receive fines.
- (obsolete) A district under a particular jusridiction.