corvée

[ kawr-vey ]
/ kɔrˈveɪ /

noun

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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for corvée

corvée
/ (ˈkɔːveɪ) /

noun

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 for corvée

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin corrogāta contribution, from Latin corrogāre to collect, from rogāre to ask
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