1. Law possession (of real estate) in one's own right
2. Obsolete the land or estate belonging to a lord and not rented or let but kept in his hands
3. the land around a mansion; lands of an estate
4. a region or domainalso used figuratively
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Word origin of 'demesne'
ME & OFr demeine
< L dominium
); sp. altered by assoc. with OFr mesnee
, household < L mansio
: see mansion