- the estate or domain of a feudal lord.
- Informal. anything, as an organization or real estate, owned or controlled by one dominant person or group.
Origin of fiefdom
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for fiefdom
“The United States cannot sit back and watch an al Qaeda fiefdom rise up in Iraq,” the Iraqi official said.Obama Administration Pushes for Apache Helicopter Sale to Iraq
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
August 14, 2013
But Chechnya has become a republic of fear, the fiefdom of one man: its mercurial 36-year-old president, Ramzan Kadyrov.The Chechens in America: Why They’re Here and Who They Are
April 19, 2013
Cassano—under Sullivan and perhaps before—ran his own fiefdom and supposedly was making gobs of money for the company and himself.The Guy Who's Really to Blame?
Allan Dodds Frank
March 17, 2009
When one medieval fiefdom defeated another they would drag back its jewels, gold, tapestries and art objects as the spoils of war.
At the auctions it was fiefdom against fiefdom and the spoils were dragged back to Japan.
- (in feudal Europe) the property owned by a lord
- an area over which a person or organization exerts authority or influence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for fiefdom
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper