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serjeanty

or ser·geant·y

[sahr-juh n-tee]
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noun Medieval English Law.
  1. a form of land tenure in which a tenant holding of the king rendered him exclusive services in a status below that of a knight.
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Origin of serjeanty

1300–50; Middle English sergeantie, serjantie < Old French serjantie. See sergeant, -y3
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Historical Examples

  • In the servientes Regis who have been enfeoffed in divers counties we may see the predecessors of the tenants by serjeanty.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • It tells us, further, that he held them by serjeanty—'et est venator leporum, et facit servitium'.