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Meaning of SOCAGE

Pronunciation:  'sâkij

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  land tenure by agricultural service or payment of rent; not burdened with military service

SOCAGE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: service



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Soc"age\, n.[From {Soc}; cf. LL. socagium.] (O.Eng. Law)
A tenure of lands and tenements by a certain or determinate
service; a tenure distinct from chivalry or knight's service,
in which the obligations were uncertain. The service must be
certain, in order to be denominated socage, as to hold by
fealty and twenty shillings rent. [Written also {soccage}.]

Note: Socage is of two kinds; {free socage}, where the
      services are not only certain, but honorable; and
      {villein socage}, where the services, though certain,
      are of a baser nature. --Blackstone.