Messuage, Messuagium, Is properly a dwelling-house, with some adjacent Land assigned to the use thereof. ... Where it is said, That by the Name of a Messuage may pass also a Curtilage, a Garden, and Orchard, a Dove-house, a Shop, a Mill, a Cottage, a Toft, a Chamber, a Cellar, &c. yet may they be demanded by their single Names. ...

Source: A Law Dictionary: or, the Interpreter of Words and Terms, Used either in the Common or Statute Laws of that Part of Great Britain, call'd England; and in Tenures and Jocular Customs. London: printed for D. Browne, 1708.

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