- of, relating to, or like the feudal system, or its political, military, social, and economic structure.
- of or relating to the Middle Ages.
- of, relating to, or of the nature of a fief or fee: a feudal estate.
- of or relating to the holding of land in a fief or fee.
Origin of feudal
Examples from the Web for feudal
On Sark, horses and carts and feudal traditions still remain strong.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
That Silicon Valley is moving away from capitalism toward feudalism, with tech CEOs as feudal lords, and this is a good thing.Occupying the Throne: Justine Tunney, Neoreactionaries, and the New 1%
August 1, 2014
But they felt discriminated against by the local political bosses and feudal lords who ran the city.Altaf Hussain Finally Arrested in London; Can His MQM Be Neutralized?
June 3, 2014
Of the Last Samurai he said, “They make it look like Japan would not have made it out of the feudal period without Tom Cruise.”Can ‘Belle’ End Hollywood’s Obsession with the White Savior?
May 4, 2014
Feudal families held much of the power in an untamed empire of mercenary armies warring for control of small sections of land.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 8, 2013
G. Clay Whittaker
April 9, 2013
The ancient castles of England were the central feature of feudal society.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
He wrote: Feudal anachronisms and atomic power, side by side.Teething Ring
Abolition of feudal forms and tenures.Fight on great landlords.College Teaching
In feudal times this sea-girt fortress was almost impregnable.
They perceive the materials of the feudal institutions, but they miss the cement.Ancient Law
Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
- of, resembling, relating to, or characteristic of feudalism or its institutions
- of, characteristic of, or relating to a fiefCompare allodial
- derogatory old-fashioned, reactionary, etc
- of or relating to a feud or quarrel
Word Origin and History for feudal
1610s, from Medieval Latin feudalis, from feudum "feudal estate," of Germanic origin (cf. Gothic faihu "property," Old High German fihu "cattle;" see fee). Related to Middle English feodary "one who holds lands of an overlord in exchange for service" (late 14c.).