Origin of liege
Related Words for liegefirm, constant, trusty, straight, steady, fast, upright, true, affectionate, allegiant, ardent, circumspect, conscientious, dependable, devoted, dutiful, dyed-in-the-wool, enduring, genuine, hard-core
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Historical Examples of liege
From Liege to Cologne the country exhibited one boundless harvest.
The defenses of Liege were hardly worth an enemy's gunfire before 1890.
Whether this included the reenforcement by the Liege infantry is uncertain.
The situation of the city is not as imposing as that of Liege.
Doubtless reports had come to him of the situation at Liege.
Word Origin for liege
word used by a vassal to address his superior or lord in the feudal system, c.1300, from Anglo-French lige (late 13c.), Old French lige "(feudal) liege, free, giving or receiving fidelity," perhaps from Late Latin laeticus "cultivated by serfs," from laetus "serf," which probably is from Proto-Germanic *lethiga- "freed" (cf. Old English læt "half-freedman, serf;" Old High German laz, Old Frisian lethar "freedman"), from PIE root *le- "let go, slacken" (see let (v.)). Or the Middle English word may be directly from Old High German leidig "free." As a noun from late 14c., both as "vassal" and "lord." Hence, liege-man "a vassal sworn to the service and support of a lord, who in turn is obliged to protect him" (mid-14c.).