- 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.
- fedin, konstantin aleksandrovich,
- fee simple,
- fee tail,
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
- law(of land) in absolute ownership
- archaicin complete subjection
verb fees, feeing or feed
Word Origin 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").