mesne lord
noun Date: 1611 a feudal lord who holds land as tenant of a superior (as a king) but who is lord to his own tenant

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  • mesne lord — n. a feudal lord holding land from a superior …   English World dictionary

  • Mesne lord — A mesne lord was a lord in the feudal system who had vassals who held land from him, but who was himself the vassal of a higher lord. A mesne lord did not hold land directly of the king, that is to say he was not a tenant in chief. His… …   Wikipedia

  • mesne lord — noun a feudal lord who was lord to his own tenants on land held from a superior lord • Hypernyms: ↑Lord, ↑noble, ↑nobleman * * * noun Etymology: translation of Anglo French seignior mesne, seignor mesne English law : a lord who holds land of a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mesne lord — In old English law, a middle or intermediate lord; a lord who held of a superior lord. 2 Bl. Comm. 59. More commonly termed a mesne (q.v.) …   Black's law dictionary

  • mesne lord — In old English law, a middle or intermediate lord; a lord who held of a superior lord. 2 Bl. Comm. 59. More commonly termed a mesne (q.v.) …   Black's law dictionary

  • mesne lord — (in old English law) an intermediate feudal lord; the tenant of a chief lord and a lord to his own tenants. [1605 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • mesne lord — noun Brit. historical a lord holding an estate from a superior feudal lord …   English new terms dictionary

  • mesne lord — /ˈmin lɔd/ (say meen lawd) noun History a feudal lord who held estate from a superior lord, and to whom his own tenants and vassals were inferior …   Australian English dictionary

  • mesne lord — A lord in the middle, standing between those tenants holding of him and the king of England or lord paramount under whom he holds. De Peyster v Michael, 6 NY 467 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Mesne — Mesne, a. [Cf. {Mean} intermediate.] (Law) Middle; intervening; as, a mesne lord, that is, a lord who holds land of a superior, but grants a part of it to another person, in which case he is a tenant to the superior, but lord or superior to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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