of, relating to, or like the feudal system, or its political, military, social, and economic structure.
of or relating to the Middle Ages.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a fief or fee: a feudal estate.
of or relating to the holding of land in a fief or fee.

Origin of feudal

From the Medieval Latin word feudālis, dating back to 1605–15. See feud2, -al1
Related formsfeu·dal·ly, adverban·ti·feu·dal, adjectivenon·feu·dal, adjectivenon·feu·dal·ly, adverbpre·feu·dal, adjectivequa·si-feu·dal, adjectivequa·si-feu·dal·ly, adverbun·feu·dal, adjectiveun·feu·dal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for quasi-feudal

Historical Examples of quasi-feudal

  • England owes her existence to the quasi-feudal law which entails landed property and family mansions on the eldest son.

    The Village Rector

    Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for quasi-feudal




of, resembling, relating to, or characteristic of feudalism or its institutions
of, characteristic of, or relating to a fiefCompare allodial
derogatory old-fashioned, reactionary, etc

Word Origin for feudal

C17: from Medieval Latin feudālis, from feudum feud ²




of or relating to a feud or quarrel
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Word Origin and History for quasi-feudal



1610s, from Medieval Latin feudalis, from feudum "feudal estate," of Germanic origin (cf. Gothic faihu "property," Old High German fihu "cattle;" see fee). Related to Middle English feodary "one who holds lands of an overlord in exchange for service" (late 14c.).

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