- See under fee(def 4a).
Origin of fee simple
- a charge or payment for professional services: a doctor's fee.
- a sum paid or charged for a privilege: an admission fee.
- a charge allowed by law for the service of a public officer.
- 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.
- a gratuity; tip.
- to give a fee to.
- Chiefly Scot. to hire; employ.
Origin of fee
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Examples from the Web for 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.
- a payment asked by professional people or public servants for their servicesa doctor's fee; school fees
- a charge made for a privilegean entrance fee
- property law
- (in feudal Europe) the land granted by a lord to his vassal
- an obsolete word for a gratuity
- in fee
- law(of land) in absolute ownership
- archaicin complete subjection
- rare to give a fee to
- mainly Scot to hire for a fee
- property law an absolute interest in land over which the holder has complete freedom of disposition during his lifeCompare fee tail
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").