- 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
Synonyms for fee
Related Words for feesalary, wage, account, cut, pay, price, bill, share, stipend, commission, compensation, cost, expense, payment, reward, gravy, slice, handle, house, chunk
Examples from the Web for fee
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 29, 2014
Meanwhile CBS announced a similar deal this year that will offer their catalogue of shows online for a monthly fee.Binge Watching is the New Bonding Time
The Daily Beast
December 10, 2014
Instead, your $25 entry fee gets you a sketchbook that appears handmade.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of fee
I will enclose the second payment of her fee in a letter which I am writing to her.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
I could introduce you to a duchess, but then the fee is high.Night and Morning, Complete
The doctor's fee is four and sixpence, and you need not consult him often.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Any boy in the school may enter, and there will be no fee collected.Frank Roscoe's Secret
But, as a lawyer—minus the fee—I'll tell you what you should do.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
- 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").