messuage

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From Anglo-Norman mesuage, probably from Late Latin messuagium, probably ultimately from Latin mansio or mansus.

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messuage (plural messuages)

  1. (chiefly law) A plot of land as the site for a house; later, a residential building taken together with its outbuildings and assigned land.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, I:
      Dying intestate, Juan was sole heir / To a chancery suit, and messuages, and lands [...].
    • 1985, Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked:
      Matthias turned his lonely house into a mart where furniture, plate and titledeeds to fields and messuages could be brought, evaluated, and transferred to the hands of the primal twelve as administrators.

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