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enfeoff

[ en-fef, -feef ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to invest with a freehold estate in land.
  2. to give as a fief.


enfeoff

/ ɪnˈfiːf /

verb

  1. property law to invest (a person) with possession of a freehold estate in land
  2. (in feudal society) to take (someone) into vassalage by giving a fee or fief in return for certain services


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Derived Forms

  • enˈfeoffment, noun

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Other Words From

  • en·feoffment noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of enfeoff1

1350–1400; Middle English enfe(o)ffen < Anglo-French enfe(o)ffer, equivalent to en- en- 1( def ) + Old French fiefer, fiever, derivative of fief fief

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Word History and Origins

Origin of enfeoff1

C14: from Anglo-French enfeoffer; see fief

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Example Sentences

Then bade the king enfeoff Siegfried, the youth, with land and castles, as he himself had done.

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