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enfeoff

[ en-fef, -feef ]
/ ɛnˈfɛf, -ˈfif /
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verb (used with object)

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

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Origin of enfeoff

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

OTHER WORDS FROM enfeoff

en·feoff·ment, noun
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How to use enfeoff in a sentence

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

British Dictionary definitions for enfeoff

enfeoff
/ (ɪnˈfiːf) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of enfeoff

enfeoffment, noun

Word Origin for enfeoff

C14: from Anglo-French enfeoffer; see fief
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