- a person who holds lands by feudal tenure; a feudal vassal.
- a fief or fee.
- (of a kingdom or state) under the overlordship of another sovereign or state.
- (of a feudal estate) holding or held by feudal tenure.
Origin of feudatory
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Examples from the Web for feudatory
He will be, as of old, a feudatory of an avaricious Native monarch.Lachmi Bai Rani of Jhansi
They will become the feudatory vassals of the paramount States!Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
His position with regard to the Persian kings was that of a feudatory.History of the Jews, Vol. II (of 6)
The King of Aragon held his kingdom as feudatory to the pope.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)
John William Draper
Although a feudatory of the Holy See, he was not a Roman, and he was a prince.
- a person holding a fief; vassal
- relating to or characteristic of the relationship between lord and vassal
- (esp of a kingdom) under the overlordship of another sovereign
C16: from Medieval Latin feudātor
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