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- an area of ground that nowadays would be thought of as the policies of a castle or large house, retained by the owner of that house for his or her own use, rather than being tenanted out. Typically the demesne (the "s" is not pronounced) would contain the home farm, a park, a chase etc so the term relates to the country rather than areas within a town boundary. The obvious modern equivalent is "domain". The term is still in common use in Ireland.