fief

[ feef ]
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noun

a fee or feud held of a feudal lord; a tenure of land subject to feudal obligations.
a territory held in fee.

Nearby words

  1. fiduciary issue,
  2. fidus achates,
  3. fie,
  4. fiedler,
  5. fiedler, arthur,
  6. fiefdom,
  7. field,
  8. field ambulance,
  9. field army,
  10. field artillery

Origin of fief

1605–15; < French, variant of Old French fieu, fie, cognate with Anglo-French fe fee < Germanic; compare Old High German fihu, Old English feoh cattle, property; akin to Latin pecū flock of sheep, pecus cattle, pecūnia wealth

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British Dictionary definitions for fief

fief

feoff

/ (fiːf) /

noun

(in feudal Europe) the property or fee granted to a vassal for his maintenance by his lord in return for service

Word Origin for fief

C17: from Old French fie, of Germanic origin; compare Old English fēo cattle, money, Latin pecus cattle, pecūnia money, Greek pokos fleece

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Word Origin and History for fief

fief

n.

also feoff, 1610s, from French fief (12c.) "possession, holding, domain," a variant of Old French fieu "fee" (see fee).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for fief

fief

[ (feef) ]

Under feudalism, a landed estate given by a lord to a vassal in return for the vassal's service to the lord. The vassal could use the fief as long as he remained loyal to the lord.

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