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  1. a charge or payment for professional services: a doctor's fee.

  2. a sum paid or charged for a privilege: an admission fee.

  1. a charge allowed by law for the service of a public officer.

  2. Law.

    • 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.

  3. a gratuity; tip.

verb (used with object),feed, fee·ing.
  1. to give a fee to.

  2. Chiefly Scot. to hire; employ.

Origin of fee

1250–1300; Middle English <Anglo-French; Old French fie, variant of fieffief. See feudal

Other words for fee

Other words from fee

  • feeless, adjective
  • o·ver·fee, noun
  • su·per·fee, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fee


/ (fiː) /

  1. a payment asked by professional people or public servants for their services: a doctor's fee; school fees

  2. a charge made for a privilege: an entrance fee

  1. property law

    • an interest in land capable of being inherited: See fee simple, fee tail

    • the land held in fee

  2. (in feudal Europe) the land granted by a lord to his vassal

  3. an obsolete word for a gratuity

  4. in fee

    • law (of land) in absolute ownership

    • archaic in complete subjection

verbfees, feeing or feed
  1. rare to give a fee to

  2. mainly Scot to hire for a fee

Origin of fee

C14: from Old French fie, of Germanic origin; see fief

Derived forms of fee

  • feeless, adjective

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