[ fyood-l ]
/ ˈfyud l /


of, relating to, or like the feudal system, or its political, military, social, and economic structure.
of or relating to the Middle Ages.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a fief or fee: a feudal estate.
of or relating to the holding of land in a fief or fee.

Nearby words

  1. feu de joie,
  2. feuar,
  3. feuchtwanger,
  4. feuchtwanger, lion,
  5. feud,
  6. feudal system,
  7. feudalism,
  8. feudality,
  9. feudalize,
  10. feudatory

Origin of feudal

From the Medieval Latin word feudālis, dating back to 1605–15. See feud2, -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for feudal


/ (ˈfjuːdəl) /


of, resembling, relating to, or characteristic of feudalism or its institutions
of, characteristic of, or relating to a fiefCompare allodial
derogatory old-fashioned, reactionary, etc

Word Origin for feudal

C17: from Medieval Latin feudālis, from feudum feud ²


of or relating to a feud or quarrel
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Word Origin and History for feudal



1610s, from Medieval Latin feudalis, from feudum "feudal estate," of Germanic origin (cf. Gothic faihu "property," Old High German fihu "cattle;" see fee). Related to Middle English feodary "one who holds lands of an overlord in exchange for service" (late 14c.).

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