[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. feudal,
  2. feudal system,
  3. feudalism,
  4. feudality,
  5. feudalize,
  6. feudist,
  7. feuerbach,
  8. feuerbach, ludwig andreas,
  9. feuillant,
  10. feuilleton

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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