tenant in chief
a feudal vassal who holds land directly from the king.
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Origin of tenant in chief
First recorded in 1600–10
Also called ten·ant in cap·i·te [kap-i-tee] /ˈkæp ɪ ti/.
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Examples from the Web for tenant-in-chief
The old Parliaments, which every tenant-in-chief had at least the customary right of attending, were no longer to exist.A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)|Samuel R. Gardiner.
The same principle applies to the relation between the tenant-in-chief and his under-tenant.
British Dictionary definitions for tenant-in-chief
(in feudal society) a tenant who held some or all of his lands directly from the king
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