- a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service.
- a feudal vassal or subject.
- owing primary allegiance and service to a feudal lord.
- pertaining to the relation between a feudal vassal and lord.
- loyal; faithful: the liege adherents of a cause.
Origin of liege
- a city in E Belgium, on the Meuse River: one of the first cities attacked in World War I.
- a province in E Belgium. 1521 sq. mi. (3940 sq. km). Capital: Liège.
Examples from the Web for 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.
Doubtless reports had come to him of the situation at Liege.
Possibly the Germans had begun to doubt how long Liege could hold out.
- (of a lord) owed feudal allegiance (esp in the phrase liege lord)
- (of a vassal or servant) owing feudal allegiancea liege subject
- of or relating to the relationship or bond between liege lord and liegemanliege homage
- faithful; loyal
- a liege lord
- a liegeman or true subject
- a province of E Belgium: formerly a principality of the Holy Roman Empire, much larger than the present-day province. Pop: 1 029 605 (2004 est). Area: 3877 sq km (1497 sq miles)
- a city in E Belgium, capital of Liège province: the largest French-speaking city in Belgium; river port and industrial centre. Pop: 185 488 (2004 est)
Word Origin and History 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.).