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villainage

or villanage

[vil-uh-nij] /ˈvɪl ə nɪdʒ/
noun

villeinage

or villainage, villanage, villenage

[vil-uh-nij] /ˈvɪl ə nɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the tenure by which a villein held land and tenements from a lord.
2.
the condition or status of a villein.
Origin of villeinage
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English vilenage < Anglo-French, Old French. See villein, -age
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Examples from the Web for villainage
Historical Examples
  • I have had to speak of prescription as a source of villainage.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • Now the obligation to serve as reeve was taken as a mark of villainage.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • The men of ancient demesne are men of free blood holding in villainage.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • It is a stepping-stone from villainage to socage, or rather to socman's tenure.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • All this was held to be servile and characteristic of villainage.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • On the other hand, 'regardant' is used quite independently of villainage.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • As to the general aspect of villainage in the legal theory of English feudalism there can be no doubt.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • The minor law books of the thirteenth century follow Bracton in this identification of villainage with slavery.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • For this reason the position of a free husband towards the villainage of his wife a nief is not exactly parallel.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • And so we have one more general observation to make as to the legal aspect of villainage.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
British Dictionary definitions for villainage

villainage

/ˈvɪlənɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of villeinage

villeinage

/ˈvɪlənɪdʒ/
noun (in medieval Europe)
1.
the status and condition of a villein
2.
the tenure by which a villein held his land
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