villainage

or vil·lan·age

[ vil-uh-nij ]
/ ˈvɪl ə nɪdʒ /
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noun

Definition for villainage (2 of 2)

villeinage

or vil·lain·age, vil·lan·age, vil·len·age

[ vil-uh-nij ]
/ ˈvɪl ə nɪdʒ /

noun

the tenure by which a villein held land and tenements from a lord.
the condition or status of a villein.

Origin of villeinage

1275–1325; Middle English vilenage < Anglo-French, Old French. See villein, -age
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British Dictionary definitions for villainage (1 of 2)

villainage

/ (ˈvɪlənɪdʒ) /

noun

a variant spelling of villeinage

British Dictionary definitions for villainage (2 of 2)

villeinage

villainage

/ (ˈvɪlənɪdʒ) /

noun (in medieval Europe)

the status and condition of a villein
the tenure by which a villein held his land
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