[feef-duh m]
  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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


  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



1814, from fief + -dom.

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