Definition of held in demesne in English:

held in demesne

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historicalLaw
  • (of an estate) occupied by the owner, not by tenants.

    ‘In terms of tenancy, nine estates were held in demesne (that is, were worked by the tenant-in-chief) and nine had a single sub-tenant.’
    ‘Efficiency was influenced by whether an estate was held in demesne by the tenant-in-chief (estates being held in demesne tended to be more efficient) and who the tenant-in-chief was.’