[mes-wij] /ˈmɛs wɪdʒ/

noun, Law.
a dwelling house with its adjacent buildings and the lands appropriated to the use of the household.
(property law) a dwelling house together with its outbuildings, curtilage, and the adjacent land appropriated to its use

legal term for “dwelling,” late 14c., (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French messuage, which probably is a clerical error for mesnage (see menage). Originally the portion of land set aside for a dwelling-house and outbuildings, whether occupied by them or not; later chiefly in reference to the house and buildings and the attached land.


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