[leej, leezh]
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  1. owing primary allegiance and service to a feudal lord.
  2. pertaining to the relation between a feudal vassal and lord.
  3. loyal; faithful: the liege adherents of a cause.

Origin of liege

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French li(e)geGermanic *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


[lee-eyzh; French lyezh]
  1. a city in E Belgium, on the Meuse River: one of the first cities attacked in World War I.
  2. a province in E Belgium. 1521 sq. mi. (3940 sq. km). Capital: Liège.
Flemish Luik. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (of a lord) owed feudal allegiance (esp in the phrase liege lord)
  2. (of a vassal or servant) owing feudal allegiancea liege subject
  3. of or relating to the relationship or bond between liege lord and liegemanliege homage
  4. faithful; loyal
  1. a liege lord
  2. 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


  1. 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)
  2. 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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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.).

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