What does the word demesne mean?

Usage examples for demesne

  1. As I understand, sir, you wish all your real property, including the capital mansion house and demesne, to go to the eldest son of your uncle Mr. Anthony Soane in tail, remainder to the second son in tail, and, failing sons, to daughters- the usual settlement, in a word, sir. – The Castle Inn by Stanley John Weyman
  2. Why, then, should Sir Thomas Fitzgerald be a silent, melancholy man, confining himself for the last year or two almost entirely to his own study; giving up to his steward the care even of his own demesne and farm; never going to the houses of his friends, and rarely welcoming them to his; rarely as it was, and never as it would have been, had he been always allowed to have his own way? – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  3. The stocky frame, the small red- rimmed eyes, the up- thrust, wiry hair belonged to his client of that far away trial, the man whom he had sent to a convict's cell and who now, by route of ball and stripe, had fled to the dismal demesne of habitual criminality! – The Long Lane's Turning by Hallie Erminie Rives