fiefdom

[feef-duh m]
noun
  1. the estate or domain of a feudal lord.
  2. Informal. anything, as an organization or real estate, owned or controlled by one dominant person or group.

Origin of fiefdom

First recorded in 1805–15; fief + -dom
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Historical Examples of fiefdoms

  • The various oblasts, mini-states and fiefdoms are simply not economically viable on their own.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin


British Dictionary definitions for fiefdoms

fiefdom

noun
  1. (in feudal Europe) the property owned by a lord
  2. an area over which a person or organization exerts authority or influence
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Word Origin and History for fiefdoms

fiefdom

n.

1814, from fief + -dom.

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