[ fyoo-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈfyu dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

noun, plural feu·da·to·ries.

a person who holds lands by feudal tenure; a feudal vassal.
a fief or fee.


(of a kingdom or state) under the overlordship of another sovereign or state.
(of a feudal estate) holding or held by feudal tenure.


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Origin of feudatory

1585–95; < Medieval Latin feudā(tor) fief-holder (see feud2, -ator) + -tory1, -tory2)
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British Dictionary definitions for feudatory

/ (ˈfjuːdətərɪ, in feudal Europe -trɪ) /


a person holding a fief; vassal


relating to or characteristic of the relationship between lord and vassal
(esp of a kingdom) under the overlordship of another sovereign

Word Origin for feudatory

C16: from Medieval Latin feudātor
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