or vil·lain·age, vil·lan·age, vil·len·age
- the tenure by which a villein held land and tenements from a lord.
- the condition or status of a villein.
Origin of villeinage
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Examples from the Web for villeinage
But noblesse,—villeinage,—these are fixed,—may not be overthrown.Long Will
Such redemption was considered a special mark of tenure in villeinage.Woman, Church & State
Matilda Joslyn Gage
In England it subsisted for some ages under the name of villeinage.Dissertation on Slavery
St. George Tucker.
For one thing, the poll-tax was stopped, and the end of villeinage was hastened.
The total abolition of all villeinage (forced labour) and serfdom.
- the status and condition of a villein
- the tenure by which a villein held his land
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