Origin of fee simple
Definition for fee simple (2 of 2)
- 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
Examples from the Web for fee simple
He was born only with the life-interest, and he has determined to treat it as though the fee-simple had belonged to him.Mr. Scarborough's Family|Anthony Trollope
Perhaps no person in Mortlake would singly pass a long night in this solemn structure, for the fee-simple of half the town!A Morning's Walk from London to Kew|Richard Phillips
A sum nearly equal, at that time, to the fee-simple of the three parishes.An History of Birmingham (1783)|William Hutton
It would, in these counties, cost a tenth part of the worth of the fee-simple of the land.Rural Rides|William Cobbett
It had never occurred to me that a parson has no fee-simple in the house and glebe he occupies.The Works of William Cowper|William Cowper
British Dictionary definitions for fee simple (1 of 2)
- law (of land) in absolute ownership
- archaic in complete subjection
verb fees, feeing or feed
Word Origin for fee
British Dictionary definitions for fee simple (2 of 2)
Word Origin for fee simple
Word Origin and History 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").