Pronounced: kuhm-PUNGK-shuhs, adj
Notes: You may be able to figure out the meaning (if you don’t already know it)
The word demesne means
- possession of land as one’s own
- an estate or part of an estate occupied, controlled by and worked for the exclusive use of the owner
Our word came into English in the mid to late 1200s
Background / Comments
When I saw the pronunciation, I suspected that our word came from French, and it does: it came from Middle English demeine, which came from the Anglo-French word demesne, which came from the Old French word demein, which came from the Late Latin word dominicum, which is a form of dominicus (of a master).