[ leej, leezh ]
/ lidʒ, liʒ /
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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.



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Origin of liege

1250–1300; Middle English <Old French li(e)ge ≪ Germanic *lēt- vassal + Latin -icus-ic; compare Medieval Latin lētī barbarians allowed to settle on Roman land (<Germanic; perhaps akin to let1), laeticus for *lēticus, derivative of lētī

Definition for liege (2 of 2)

[ lee-eyzh; French lyezh ]
/ liˈeɪʒ; French lyɛʒ /


a city in E Belgium, on the Meuse River: one of the first cities attacked in World War I.
a province in E Belgium. 1,521 sq. mi. (3,940 sq. km). Capital: Liège.
Flemish Luik.
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British Dictionary definitions for liege (1 of 2)

/ (liːdʒ) /


(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

Word Origin for liege

C13: from Old French lige, from Medieval Latin līticus, from lītus, laetus serf, of Germanic origin

British Dictionary definitions for liege (2 of 2)

/ (lɪˈeɪʒ, French ljɛʒ) /


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)
Flemish name: Luik
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