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tenant in chief

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noun

a feudal vassal who holds land directly from the king.

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Also called ten·ant in cap·i·te [kap-i-tee]. /ˈkæp ɪ ti/.

Origin of tenant in chief

First recorded in 1600–10
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British Dictionary definitions for tenant in chief

tenant-in-chief

noun

(in feudal society) a tenant who held some or all of his lands directly from the king
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