fee simple


See under fee(def 4a).

Origin of fee simple

1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French

Definition for fee simple (2 of 2)


[ fee ]
/ fi /


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


Related forms

fee·less, adjectiveo·ver·fee, nounsu·per·fee, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fee simple (1 of 2)


/ (fiː) /


verb fees, feeing or feed

rare to give a fee to
mainly Scot to hire for a fee

Derived Forms

feeless, 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


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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