- unpaid labor for one day, as on the repair of roads, exacted by a feudal lord.
- 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
Examples from the Web for corvee
I should have been with Yankling Sahib now but for this cursed beegar (the corvee).Kim
It suggested that other slavery, which did not hide itself under the forms of conscription and corvee.
She thought he was referring obliquely to the corvee and the other thing in which her life-work was involved.
- European history a day's unpaid labour owed by a feudal vassal to his lord
- the practice or an instance of forced labour
Word Origin and History for corvee
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).