Origin of fee simple
- 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
Examples from the Web for fee simple
Historical Examples of fee simple
Not if you were to give me the fee-simple of the barbarous tract you covet.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
They were held practically in fee-simple at the annual rental of 2s.A Life of William Shakespeare
It would, in these counties, cost a tenth part of the worth of the fee-simple of the land.Rural Rides
A sum nearly equal, at that time, to the fee-simple of the three parishes.An History of Birmingham (1783)
Mine host, mine host, we lay all night at the George in Waltham; but whether the George be your fee-simple or no, 'tis a question.
- law(of land) in absolute ownership
- archaicin complete subjection
verb fees, feeing or feed
Word Origin for fee
Word Origin for fee simple
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").