- 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 feeing
Historical Examples of feeing
Paliser, who had been signing the check and feeing the waiter, looked at her.The Paliser case
Each of us insisted upon paying the bill and feeing the waiter.Beatrice Leigh at College
Julia Augusta Schwartz
The question of feeing or "tipping" the servants has always been a puzzling one.Book of Etiquette, Volume 2
Lillian Eichler Watson
Some one spoke of the growing habit of feeing employs to do their duty.The Law-Breakers and Other Stories
But the annoyance of this continuous habit of feeing makes life a burden.As Seen By Me
- law(of land) in absolute ownership
- archaicin complete subjection
verb fees, feeing or feed
Word Origin for fee
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").