- a fee or feud held of a feudal lord; a tenure of land subject to feudal obligations.
- a territory held in fee.
Origin of fief
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Historical Examples of fief
The wardship of this fief and manor, during the minority of the seigneur, was in the Crown.The Coinages of the Channel Islands
What most irritated him was the close proximity of Norby's fief to Sweden.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
Frederick Barbarossa erected their fief into a county in 1160.New Italian sketches
John Addington Symonds
Adjebeg received in fief the valley which still bears his name.
It was there that Claude's parents resided, in the midst of their fief.Notre-Dame de Paris
- (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
also feoff, 1610s, from French fief (12c.) "possession, holding, domain," a variant of Old French fieu "fee" (see fee).