petit serjeanty

[pet-ee]
noun Medieval English Law.
  1. serjeanty in which the tenant renders services of an impersonal nature to the king, as providing him annually with an implement of war, as a lance or bow.

Origin of petit serjeanty

Borrowed into English from Anglo-French around 1515–25
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