From own +‎ -dom, a calque of German Eigentum (property), from eigen (own) +‎ -tum (-dom). Compare Saterland Frisian Oaindum (property, possession), Dutch eigendom, West Frisian eigendom.



owndom (plural owndoms)

  1. Property.
    • 1876, The Musical World:
      The past is our own, the present is the owndom of the future.
    • 1895, Stephen Pearl Andrews, The science of society:
      Hence we maintain that man cannot be a man without property. He cannot be his own without an outward owndom.
    • 1980, John Morris Dorsey, University professor John M. Dorsey:
      There must be a tormenting feeling of self-insufficiency in me until I can realize that my self-possession subsumes my all. I must endure my goading ambition until I can acknowledge ownership of all of my owndom.
  2. Personal belongings; possessions.
  3. A characteristic; quality; attribute; trait.
  4. Ownership; possession.
    • 1894, Sturla Þórðarson, Guðbrandur Vigfússon, Sir George Webbe Dasent, Icelandic sagas and other historical documents relating to the Settlements and Descents of the Northmen on the British Isles:
      The king answers, and began first to say how Harold fair-hair had owned all the allodial land the Orkneys, "but the earls have held it since in fief, but never as their owndom [] "
  5. Control of oneself; self-mastery.