• IPA: /dɪˈmeɪn/, /dɪˈmiːn/

demesne (plural demesnes)

  1. A lord’s chief manor place, with that part of the lands belonging thereto which has not been granted out in tenancy; a house, and the land adjoining, kept for the proprietor’s own use.
  2. A region or area; a domain.
    • 1816, John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman's Homer, lines 5-6
      Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
      That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne;

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