fee tail



See under fee(def 4a).

Origin of fee tail

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French

Definition for fee tail (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 tail (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 tail (2 of 2)

fee tail


property law
  1. a freehold interest in land restricted to a particular line of heirs
  2. an estate in land subject to such restrictionCompare fee simple

Word Origin for fee tail

C15: from Anglo-French fee tailé fee (or fief) determined, from taillier to cut
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