- an estate of inheritance in land, either absolute and without limitation to any particular class of heirs(fee simple) or limited to a particular class of heirs (fee tail).
- an inheritable estate in land held of a feudal lord on condition of the performing of certain services.
- a territory held in fee.
verb (used with object), feed, fee·ing.
Origin of fee
Examples from the Web for fee
The Federal Duck Stamp Act raised the fee on stamps needed to hunt waterfowl on federal land from $15 to $25.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive|Ben Jacobs|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile CBS announced a similar deal this year that will offer their catalogue of shows online for a monthly fee.
Instead, your $25 entry fee gets you a sketchbook that appears handmade.
This fee, however, was not “global” enough to include hospital charges or anything else on a long list of exclusions.
I began with the simplest cost I could think of, the fee for some routine blood work I had scheduled for later that month.
That doctor who came daily, fee or no fee, to visit the sick one, was he really a good doctor?Dust of New York|Konrad Bercovici
Now therell be a ten dollar fee to payyou have a little money?The Bail Jumper|Robert J. C. Stead
I would have paid that fee myself, but I want money now as I leave town tonight.The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 1, 1853-1866|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
These will be found to be supportable matters, as well as the Fee of Office, which is our ground-work.
If the deceased died in a hospital, infirmary, or lunatic asylum, the medical witness is not paid any fee.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology|W. G. Aitchison Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for fee
- law (of land) in absolute ownership
- archaic in complete subjection
verb fees, feeing or feed
Word Origin for fee
Word Origin and History for fee
late 13c., from Old French fieu, fief "fief, possession, holding, domain; feudal duties, payment," from Medieval Latin feodum "land or other property whose use is granted in return for service," widely said to be from Frankish *fehu-od "payment-estate," or a similar Germanic compound, in which the first element is cognate with Old English feoh "money, movable property, cattle" (also German Vieh "cattle," Gothic faihu "money, fortune"), from PIE *peku- "cattle" (cf. Sanskrit pasu, Lithuanian pekus "cattle;" Latin pecu "cattle," pecunia "money, property"); second element similar to Old English ead "wealth."
OED rejects this, and suggests a simple adaptation of Germanic fehu, leaving the Medieval Latin -d- unexplained. Sense of "payment for services" first recorded late 14c. Fee-simple is "absolute ownership," as opposed to fee-tail "entailed ownership," inheritance limited to some particular class of heirs (second element from Old French taillir "to cut, to limit").