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noun

See under fee(def 4a).

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Nearby words

fedin, fedin, konstantin aleksandrovich, fedn., fedora, fee, fee simple, fee tail, fee-for-service, fee-splitting, feeb, feeble

Origin of fee simple

1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French

Definition for fee simple (2 of 2)

fee

[ fee ]
/ fi /

noun

verb (used with object), feed, fee·ing.

to give a fee to.
Chiefly Scot. to hire; employ.

Origin of fee

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French fie, variant of fief fief. See feudal
SYNONYMS FOR fee
Related formsfee·less, adjectiveo·ver·fee, nounsu·per·fee, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fee simple (1 of 2)

fee

/ (fiː) /

noun

verb fees, feeing or feed

rare to give a fee to
mainly Scot to hire for a fee
Derived Formsfeeless, adjective

Word Origin for fee

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

British Dictionary definitions for fee simple (2 of 2)

fee simple


noun

property law an absolute interest in land over which the holder has complete freedom of disposition during his lifeCompare fee tail

Word Origin for fee simple

C15: from Anglo-French: fee (or fief) simple
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Word Origin and History for fee simple

fee


n.

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").

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