corvée

[kawr-vey]
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noun
  1. unpaid labor for one day, as on the repair of roads, exacted by a feudal lord.
  2. an obligation imposed on inhabitants of a district to perform services, as repair of roads, bridges, etc., for little or no remuneration.

Origin of corvée

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin corrogāta contribution, collection, noun use of feminine of Latin corrogātus (past participle of corrogāre to collect by asking), equivalent to cor- cor- + rogā(re) to ask + -tus past participle suffix
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Related Words for corvee

servitude, slavery, gulag, corvee

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British Dictionary definitions for corvee

corvée

noun
  1. European history a day's unpaid labour owed by a feudal vassal to his lord
  2. the practice or an instance of forced labour

Word Origin for corvée

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin corrogāta contribution, from Latin corrogāre to collect, from rogāre to ask
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Word Origin and History for corvee
n.

mid-14c., "day's unpaid labor due to a lord by vassals under French feudal system" (abolished 1776), from Old French corvee (12c.), from Late Latin corrogata (opera) "requested work," from fem. past participle of Latin corrogare, from com- "with" (see com-) + rogare "to ask" (see rogation).

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