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feoff

[ fef, feef ]
/ fɛf, fif /
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verb (used with object)

to invest with a fief or fee; enfeoff.

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Origin of feoff

1250–1300; Middle English feoffen<Anglo-French fe(o)ffer,Old French fiefer, derivative of fieffief

OTHER WORDS FROM feoff

feoffor, feoffer, nounun·feoffed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for feoff

  • Each lord, clerical or secular, had the right of raising this tax within his own feoff.

  • You are my magic orchard feoff, Where bud and fruit are always ripe.

    Silverpoints|John Gray

British Dictionary definitions for feoff

feoff
/ (fiːf) medieval history /

noun

a variant spelling of fief

verb

(tr) to invest with a benefice or fief

Derived forms of feoff

feoffor or feoffer, noun

Word Origin for feoff

C13: from Anglo-French feoffer, from feoff a fief
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