messuage n : (law) a dwelling house and its adjacent buildings and the adjacent land used by the household
- a plot of land as the site for a house
- 1985: Matthias turned his lonely house into a mart where furniture, plate and titledeeds to fields and messuages could be brought, evaluated, and transferred to the hands of the primal twelve as administrators. — Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked
- a residential house with its assigned land
In law, the term messuage equates to a dwelling-house and includes outbuildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard and garden. At one time messuage supposedly had a more extensive meaning than that comprised in the word house or site, but such distinction, if it ever existed, no longer survives.
A capital messuage is the main messuage of an estate, the house in which the owner of the estate normally lives.